Senate Report on Human Rights Anti-Discrimination Bill highlights protections for LGBTI people and victims/survivors of domestic violence

 

In October last year, the Australian Human Rights Centre and the NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby collaborated to convene a national roundtable on discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, prior to the release of the exposure draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill (2012). The roundtable brought together representatives from a wide range of organisations with an interest in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues, to inform submissions to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry in to Bill.

The recommendations of the Senate Committee contained in its recently released Report include many of the positions advanced through the roundtable, such as removing exceptions for faith-based organisations in the context of service provision, requiring a degree of transparency where organisations seek to rely on an exception in employment and providing specific protection for intersex people. The Report also included a recommendation that the Draft Bill be amended to include domestic violence as a protected attribute, an important innovation in enhancing the protections available to victims of domestic violence who experience discrimination in the workplace or in the provision of services.

The Senate Report (including recommendations) is available at: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=legcon_ctte/completed_inquiries/2010-13/anti_discrimination_2012/report/index.htm