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On 26 June 2008, the Senate referred an inquiry into the effectiveness of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs. 

On 12 December 2008, the committee tabled its report entitled, The effectiveness of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality. 

The government’s response was tabled on 4 May 2010.

On 24 June 2010, the government introduced the Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill 2010 to amend the Sex Discrimination Act in accordance with the government’s response, by:

  • establishing breastfeeding as a separate ground of discrimination
  • extending protection from discrimination on the ground of family responsibilities to both women and men in all areas of work
  • applying protections from sex discrimination equally to men and women
  • providing greater protection from sexual harassment for students and workers.

The Bill lapsed when Parliament was prorogued prior to the election and was reintroduced by the government as the Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Bill on 30 September 2010.

Date Published: Tuesday, 4 May 2010