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Title: Minding Our GLBs & TIQs: A Submission to the Inquiry by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012
Contributor(s): Jones, Tiffany (author)
Corporate Author: Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
Publication Date: 2012
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11717
Abstract: Introduction - Obligations for Legislation: The United Nations have placed pressure on Australia and other countries to support greater recognition of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status in direct federal legislative provisions. UN directives exist on legislation in this area that should be more directly referenced and reflected in the Australian Bill. I advise the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to mind their language use - their 'GLBs' and 'TIQs', so to speak - so that the achievements thus far in the Bill are furthered to be as effective as possible in protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and otherwise queer/ questioning people's rights in congruence with our obligations under specific aspects of UN agreements. I recommend the Committee directly references specific human rights instruments currently missing from the Bill's "Division 2 - Objects of this Act". Inclusion of Protections for People with Intersex Attributes/ Status: The UN outlined the need for legislative protections around intersex attributes in direct federal legislative provisions, and Organisation Intersex International (Oii) Australia has previously submitted advice to the Committee around how best to word such protections informed by their significant knowledge of these issues. The Draft Bill did not adequately reflect such requirements and guidance. I recommend the Committee specifically enumerates the protections against discrimination on the basis of intersex attributes/ status currently missing from the Bill's "Division 2 - Interpretation" (in section 6 The Dictionary, section 17 The Protected Attributes, and section 49 When a Person Sexually Harasses Another Person). Inclusion of Protections for all People on the Basis of Gender Expression: The Australian Government is congratulated and thanked for including recognition of discrimination on the basis of gender identity in the Draft Bill. The Draft Bill defines gender identity in a manner which makes it correspond most precisely with transgender issues. However, there should also be protection for non-traditional expressions of gender which are not necessarily related to a so-called "opposite sex" (or transgender) gender identity. I recommend the Committee specifically enumerates additional and separately named protections against discrimination on the basis of gender expression currently missing from the Bill's "Division 2 - Interpretation".
Publication Type: Report
Publisher: Parliament of Australia
Place of Publication: Canberra, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
180114 Human Rights Law
HERDC Category Description: R3 Commissioned Report
Other Links: http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate_Committees?url=legcon_ctte/anti_discrimination_2012/submissions.htm
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