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Discrimination laws stronger on family responsibilities

The Federal Government is moving to strengthen laws preventing discrimination against workers with family responsibilities.

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The Federal Government is moving to strengthen laws preventing discrimination against workers with family responsibilities.
 
Attorney-General Robert McClelland said the proposed amendments are part of the government’s response to the report by the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs into eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality.
 
The government will amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 by:
  • extending protections from discrimination on the grounds of family responsibilities to both women and men in all areas of employment
  • providing greater protection from sexual harassment for students and workers
  • ensuring that protections from sex discrimination apply equally to women and men
  • establishing breastfeeding as a separate ground of discrimination.
 
Protection of human rights
 
‘Ensuring that anti-discrimination law meets the needs of contemporary Australians is an important part of ensuring the promotion and protection of human rights,’ McClelland said.
 
‘Strengthening protections for workers with family responsibilities is an important step toward achieving economic equality between women and men.’
 
The government will also consider other recommendations from the Senate Committee’s Report as part of its commitment in Australia’s Human Rights Framework to consolidate anti-discrimination legislation into one single comprehensive law.
 
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