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Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 1999

1998

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 1998

 

No.      , 1998

 

(Attorney-General)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to human rights, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Preliminary                                                                                                              1

1............ Short title............................................................................................. 1

2............ Commencement................................................................................... 2

3............ Schedule(s)......................................................................................... 2

Part 2—Transitional and application provisions                                                 3

Division 1—Interpretation                                                                                          3

4............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 3

Division 2—Treatment of complaints lodged before starting day        4

Subdivision A—Treatment of complaint depends on the stage it has reached                 4

5............ Purported complaint lodged but no decision as to whether it is a complaint             4

6............ Administrative appeal on Commission’s decision as to whether complaint              4

7............ Complaint lodged but Commissioner not notified of it........................ 5

8............ Commissioner notified of complaint but had not decided to dismiss or refer it        5

9............ Commissioner decided to dismiss complaint....................................... 6

10.......... Presidential review of Commissioner’s decision to dismiss complaint 6

11.......... Administrative review of President’s decision.................................... 7

12.......... Complaint referred to Commission but inquiry not started.................. 7

13.......... Inquiry started..................................................................................... 8

Subdivision B—Other rules about complaints lodged before starting day 9

14.......... Notice of termination........................................................................... 9

15.......... Work done by Commissioner is taken to have been done by President 9

16.......... Special rules apply to proceedings to enforce a determination............. 9

Division 3—Other transitional and application provisions                     10

17.......... Protection from civil actions.............................................................. 10

18.......... Referrals under the old SDA............................................................. 10

19.......... Inquiries started by Human Rights Commissioner............................ 10

20.......... When a person cannot lodge a complaint under the new HREOCA. 10

21.......... Regulations....................................................................................... 11

22.......... Transitional—powers of a Secretary................................................. 11

Schedule 1—Amendments                                                                                               12

Defence Act 1903                                                                                                        12

Disability Discrimination Act 1992                                                                        12

Federal Court of Australia Act 1976                                                                      15

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986                          16

Racial Discrimination Act 1975                                                                              37

Remuneration Tribunal Act 1973                                                                            40

Sex Discrimination Act 1984                                                                                    40

Workplace Relations Act 1996                                                                                44

Workplace Relations and Other Legislation Amendment Act 1996                 44

 



A Bill for an Act to amend the law relating to human rights, and for related purposes

The Parliament of Australia enacts: