Discrimination submission

A senate report on the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 was released a week ago and has several areas of concern for the ACL by failing to close a loophole in the Act which has paved the way for single women and lesbians to receive IVF. The report recommends removing exemptions which allow religious bodies and religious schools to recruit staff who share the doctrines, tenets and beliefs of the religious organisation, which includes the ordination of ministers, and the appointment of teaches.
Another recommendation reflects the ALP’s commitment to removing discrimination against same-sex couples, proposing “marital status’ to be replaced with ‘marital or relationship status’ throughout the Act. This opens the possibility of people challenging restrictions on IVF, adoption and surrogacy on the basis or sex or (marital) relationship status.
These recommendations will now be subject to a 12 month consultation process, to be overseen by the Attorney-General’s Department. For the report visit: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/legcon_ctte/sex_discrim/report/index.htm
See www.acl.org.au or www.saltshakers.org.au on ways to get involved in the consultation process.

POSTED 22 Dec 2008