Sexuality and Gender Diversity

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ACT — REVIEW

HON ALISON XAMON (North Metropolitan) [9.52 pm]: I rise tonight because I want to make a few comments about the state Equal Opportunity Act. It has been the subject of quite a bit of discussion over the last week. I will say that I welcome the announcement by the Premier that the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia is going to undertake a comprehensive review of the act. The act was enacted 34 years ago but it has been reviewed only once, and that was back in 2007. We are talking about over a decade ago. The findings from that review are now completely outdated.

Greens: Addressing discrimination requires EOC resourcing as well as legal changes

Greens spokesperson for Sexuality and Gender Identity Hon Alison Xamon MLC has called on the Government to address the immediate issue of religious exemptions as well as commit to a comprehensive response to address discrimination in Western Australia, after the Equal Opportunity Commission’s Annual Report revealed concerning drops in the Commission’s ability to undertake its important work.

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