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On Thursday, 1 November, The Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Andrew Barr, and Minister for Justice, Shane Rattenbury introduced the Discrimination Amendment Bill 2018 into the Legislative Assembly.
This Bill amends the Discrimination Act 1991 to clarify exceptions for religious schools, to provide greater protection to students and staff from discrimination based on protected attributes such as sexuality and gender identity.
The ACT is a human rights jurisdiction, and the Discrimination Amendment Bill 2018 is an example of the Government’s commitment to ongoing reforms to promote the equality of all Canberrans.
Why are discrimination laws being amended in the ACT?
We are making changes to the Discrimination Act to strengthen protections against discrimination for students and staff in non-government schools, so that it will not be lawful to discriminate on the basis of sexuality, gender identity or other protected attributes.
We recognise that non-government schools in the ACT
The Minister for Corrective Services Shane Rattenbury has released the government response to Coroner's Cook's findings on the Inquest into the death in custody of Steven Freeman.
On 23 August 2018,
The ACT has joined the National Redress Scheme to provide support to people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
The ACT Government will be responsible for claims against one of its organisations, for example organisations responsible