Sex discrimination bill passes parliament

Faith-based providers lose exemption from anti-discrimination legislation in aged care following the passage of the sex discrimination bill in parliament on Tuesday night.


The sex discrimination bill and government amendments that make it unlawful for aged care providers to discriminate against LGBTI people have passed both houses.

Last night the bill was returned to the House from the Senate, where it was passed without further debate. The bill had passed the Senate with the support of the Greens on Monday, 36 votes to 29.

Australian Human Rights Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs said the passage of the sex discrimination bill was a significant milestone for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

These changes mean the AHRC will now be able to accept, investigate and resolve complaints of discrimination on these grounds.

“The passage of the Bill is a significant statement from our Parliament to the people of Australia that this type of discrimination is not acceptable in our society,” Professor Triggs said. 

Read more about the Bill’s debate and passage in the senate here, Senate votes to remove religious exemption

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