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Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Bill 2011


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Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Bill 2010



Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Act
Portfolio
Attorney-General

Summary

Amends the: Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in response to recommendations of the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs 2008 report Effectiveness of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality, to: extend protections from discrimination on the grounds of family responsibilities to both women and men in all areas of work; provide improved protection from sexual harassment for students and workers; ensure protections from sex discrimination apply equally to women and men; and establish breastfeeding as a separate ground of discrimination; Age Discrimination Act 2004 to establish an Age Discrimination Commissioner in the Human Rights Commission; and Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986, Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999 and Fair Work Act 2009 to make consequential amendments.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 30/09/10  
Second reading moved 30/09/10  
Second reading debate 28/10/10  
Second reading agreed to 28/10/10  
Third reading agreed to 28/10/10  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 28/10/10  
Second reading moved 28/10/10  
Second reading debate 21/03/11  
Second reading debate 11/05/11  
Second reading agreed to 11/05/11  
Committee of the Whole debate 11/05/11  
Committee of the Whole debate 12/05/11 Amendment details: 4 Opposition agreed to
Third reading agreed to 12/05/11  
     
House of Representatives
Message from Senate reported 23/05/11  
Consideration of Senate message 24/05/11 Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
     
Text of bill as passed both Houses 24/05/11  
Assent 20/06/11 Act no.: 40 - Year: 2011
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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  • As passed by both Houses

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Opposition [sheet 7046]
BRANDIS, Sen George

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Schedules of amendments

  • Schedule of the amendments made by the Senate

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Notes
  • Referred to Committee (30/09/2010): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee
  • Committee report (01/03/2011)
  • Access information for House of Representatives and Senate committees
  • An electronic version of this Act is available in ComLaw ( www.comlaw.gov.au )