Victoria has had Equal Opportunity laws since 1977. The new Victorian Equal Opportunity Act 2010 was the brainchild of the former State government. The new Act is due to commence on 1 August this year. However, the current State government has introduced proposed changes into Parliament regarding the new Act. Some argue that these proposed amendments are a step back for anti-discrimination laws. In addition, the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities is currently being reviewed. Joining us tonight on Done By Law to discuss the changes to both pieces of legislation is someone who works wtih these laws on a daily basis- the Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, Helen Szoke.
Tags: Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, discrimination, Dr. Helen Szoke, Equal Opportunity Act, exemptions, human rights, Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee, systemic discrimination
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In October this year, Cobaw Community Health Service won their case of unlawful discrimination against Christian Youth Camps (CYC).
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal found CYC’s failure to accept Cobaw’s application to accommodate members of their queer suicide prevention and support group, “Wayout” at their Phillip Island Adventure Resort amounted to unlawful discrimination under the Equal Opportunity Act.
Tonight on Done By Law we talk to Sue Hackney, project co-ordinator for Wayout, about the decision.
Tune in on 855AM tonight.
Tags: discrimination, Equal Opportunity Act, Youth
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