The Australian Human Rights Commission has expressed concern that a major area of discrimination against older LGBTI people has been left out of the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013, which is now before Parliament. President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Gillian Triggs, and Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, said that the Australian Human Rights Commission was very disappointed that the amendments proposed to the Sex Discrimination Act would not prevent aged care facilitiesfrom discriminating against potential clients on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity or because they are intersex.
YWCA Australia is extremely disappointed that the Australian Government is not proceeding at this stage with the consolidation of federal anti-discrimination laws after years of consultation and work on the reforms. Attorney General Mark Dreyfus QC has announced that the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill will be shelved pending further consideration. Instead, the Government will introduce the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill to ensure gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are protected from discrimination. While these proposals are essential and long overdue, they are only part of the picture. We are concerned at the missed opportunity to introduce more comprehensive, modern equality laws.
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YWCA Australia welcomes the Agreed Conclusions on eliminating and preventing violence against women and girls adopted at this year’s UN Commission on the Status of Women, after two weeks of deliberation and fierce negotiations in New York.