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Saturday, June 25, 2022

Amendments needed to sexual discrimination bill



All comments to be attributed to Law Council of Australia President, Dr Jacoba Brasch QC

“The Law Council acknowledges the publication of Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee’s Report on the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021.
While the Committee members were divided in their response, it is encouraging to see the majority of Committee members gave careful consideration to the views of experts who participated in the Inquiry, including those of the Law Council.
The Law Council reiterates that the Bill is a positive step forward in realising the recommendations of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Respect@Report.
However, the Law Council believes that amendments are necessary for the Bill to achieve its stated objectives. This includes the removal of the additional “seriously demeaning nature” threshold in the definition of ‘sex-based harassment’, addressing sex-based harassment in the proposed amendments to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), adopting a straight-forward prohibition of sexual harassment, and ensuring that the expansion of compassionate leave entitlements does not exclude some parents affected by miscarriage.
The Law Council is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the public debate informing this important Bill that will have significant consequences for the Australian community.”

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Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.