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Attorney applauds workplace anti-discrimination pack.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.law.gov.au/ag

1 December 2004 193/2004

ATTORNEY APPLAUDS WORKPLACE ANTI-DISCRIMINATION PACK

The release of an anti-discrimination pack that aims to help employers create a workplace free from discrimination and harassment has been welcomed today by Attorney-General Philip Ruddock.

Good practice, good business: Eliminating discrimination and harassment from your workplace was launched today by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) in Sydney.

“The Government is keenly aware of the benefits for Australian business and the economy of increasing workforce participation and diversity,” he said.

“To achieve this, the elimination of discrimination in the workplace is vital.”

Mr Ruddock said the Australian Government’s commitment to eliminating discrimination in the workplace was evident in its Age Discrimination Act which came into force in June this year. It also supported more flexible, family friendly policies in the workplace.

Mr Ruddock also commended HREOC’s inclusive approach to working with all parties who have an interest in eliminating discrimination.

“The Government believes education is the key to building a culture where human rights are protected and respected,” he said.

“The work of Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in drafting educational materials such as the ‘Good Practice, Good Business’ pack is integral to that approach.”

The employer’s pack includes a CD-Rom and information on the new Age Discrimination Act 2004 and can be ordered by calling (02) 9284 9618.

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