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Media Release

Thursday May 28th 1998


A meeting of Australia’s peak human rights organisations has been told that a national sexuality discrimination law is one of the country’s most pressing human rights issues.

At a forum in Canberra convened by Attorney-General, Daryl Williams, the Australian Council for Lesbian and Gay Rights today presented a log of human rights grievances including the lack of national fair treatment laws for gays and lesbians.

Council spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said that it is no longer acceptable for Government to ignore the issue.

“Anti-discrimination protections for gay and lesbian Australians are patchy, with no protection at all in West Australia and Tasmania”, Mr Croome said.

“Existing Federal anti-discrimination laws set national standards for the treatment of ethnic minorities, women and people with disabilities, and now it is. time to do the same for sexual minorities through a national Sexuality Discrimination Act.”

In December last year the Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee recommended a national sexuality discrimination law, finding that such a law was well within the

power of the Commonwealth to enact.

Other issues raised by the ACLGR at the Attorney-General’s human rights forum include the recognition of same sex relationships in superannuation, workplace entitlements and family law, funding of national programmes combating

homophobic violence, and the education of members of the judiciary in issues relating to sexuality and human rights.








PO Box 4383 KINGSTON ACT 2604

For more information (including copies of the paper presented at the Attorney-General’s consultation) page Rodney Croome on (03) 6223 3866 quoting 37294.