Age Discrimination Bill 2004

Originating house
House of Representatives 
Parliament no
Introduced with the Age Discrimination (Consequential Provisions) Bill 2003, the bill prohibits age discrimination in key areas such as employment, education, access to premises and to goods, services and facilities, provision of accommodation, land dealings, and administration of Commonwealth laws and programs, whilst exempting legitimate differential treatment in areas such as superannuation, taxation, health, social security and migration. Also confers related functions on the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and contains a regulation-making power. 

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House of Representatives
26 Jun 2003Introduced and read a first time
26 Jun 2003Second reading moved
26 Nov 2003Second reading agreed to
26 Nov 2003Consideration in detail debate

Amendment details: 3 Government agreed to
26 Nov 2003Third reading agreed to
01 Dec 2003Introduced and read a first time
01 Dec 2003Second reading moved
02 Dec 2003Second reading debate
03 Dec 2003Second reading agreed to
23 Mar 2004Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 4 Opposition and 3 Australian Democrats agreed to
29 Mar 2004Committee of the Whole debate

Amendment details: 2 Australian Democrats agreed to
29 Mar 2004Third reading agreed to
House of Representatives
30 Mar 2004Message from Senate reported
26 May 2004Consideration of Senate message

Details: House disagreed to Senate amendments
15 Jun 2004Consideration of House of Reps message

Details: Senate did not insist on its amendments

22 Jun 2004Assent

Act no.: 68

Year: 2004

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  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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