Proposed same sex laws affect employment

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Proposed same sex laws affect employment

A new Bill introduced in federal parliament this week by The Greens outlaws discrimination based on someone’s sexuality.

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A new Bill introduced in federal parliament this week by The Greens outlaws discrimination based on someone’s sexuality.

The Same Sex Relationships (Ensuring Equality) Bill 2004 goes further than legalising same sex marriages.

‘In this way we are closer to reaching the principle of equality before the law for everyone - regardless of sexuality,’ said Greens House of Representatives member, Michael Organ.

The Bill seeks to ensure that same sex couples, and single gays and lesbians, have the same rights as heterosexual couples and singles in employment and other aspects of the law.

‘It is unlawful for a person to do any act involving a distinction, exclusion, restriction or preference based on a person’s sexuality which has the purpose or effect of nullifying or impairing the enjoyment or exercise, of the  person’s public or private life,’ says the Bill.

To ensure the application of the proposed law is clear, The Greens have spelt out that it applies to employment entitlements, superannuation, marriage, adoption, access to reproductive or health services and the lawful age of consent to sexual activity.

The Bill is unlikely to receive support from the Coalition or the ALP.

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