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FOR – Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 - Consideration in Detail - Schedule 8

The majority voted in favour of disagreeing with an amendment introduced by Berowra MP Julian Leeser (Liberal), which means it failed.

Amendment text

(11) Schedule 8, item 2, page 44 (lines 9 and 10), omit the item.

What did the amendments do?

Mr Leeser explained that:

Amendment 11 seeks to retain the principle of equality of opportunity, which is a fundamental principle for those of us on this side of the House, in the objects act. We believe equality of opportunity should be retained, because equality of opportunity offers a state of fairness in which individuals are treated equally, and it's a fundamental principle of the Sex Discrimination Act. The circumstances of an individual's birth should not determine their future status. It's the application of effort and competition that's key. Equal opportunity implies that people should be judged on their merits and not discriminated against on the basis of sex in employment or access to public services. Equality of opportunity is the principle that people should be given the same opportunity to exercise their talents and abilities but that it's up to the individual to apply themselves to that opportunity as to what they will ultimately achieve. And we think this principle should remain in the act.


Date and time: 1:21 PM on 2022-11-07
Allegra Spender's vote: Aye
Total number of "aye" votes: 87
Total number of "no" votes: 52
Total number of abstentions: 12
Related bill: Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022

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