Key internet links on Discrimination

This page provides links to resources relating to discrimination law.

General Resources

Criminal Code section 80.2 (urging violence against racial, religious, national or political groups)

Discrimination bulletin (Blake Dawson)
Regular overview of state and federal discrimination law issues

The Law Handbook plain English guide to Commonwealth legislation on discrimination 

Australian & NZ Equal Opportunity Commentary (CCH) (Major textbook on discrimination law. Available only to computers recognised as having a subscription to this CCH product).  

2003 Provisions of the Age Discrimination Bill 2003: Report and submissions (Australia. Parliament. Senate. Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee)

2003 Change and continuity: review of federal unlawful discrimination legislation (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. Legal Section)

2000  Inquiry into the Anti-Genocide Bill 1999 (Australia. Parliament. Senate. Legal and Constitutional References Committee)
This Bill would extend the definition of genocide to include attacks on groups based on gender, sexuality, political affiliation and disability

1999 Moving towards a substantive conception of the anti-discrimination principle: Waters v Public Transport Corporation of Victoria reconsidered (G. Patmore)

1998 What price dignity? Remedies in Australian anti-discrimination law (Comonwealth Parliamentary Library)

1998 Discrimination law and its abuses (A. McIntyre)

Race and Social Justice

Racial Discrimination Act 1975 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (Queensland Discriminatory Laws) Act 1975
This act was passed by the Whitlam Government, using the race powers, to override Queensland laws which discriminated against indigenous peoples, including the use of courts on reserves where the same official acted as judge and prosecutor. No federal Government ever enforced this act

Attorney-General's Department racial discrimination page 

Crimes Legislation Amendment (Telecommunications Offences and Other Measures) (No. 2) Act 2004
Offences relating to possession and distribution of offensive material, including racial hatred material, on the Internet, radio, television etc


2000 Conviction with compassion: a report on freedom of religion and belief (Australia. Parliament. Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade)

Annual report on international religious freedom (US Dept of State)
Describes the status of religious freedom in each foreign country, government policies violating religious belief and practices of groups, religious denominations and individuals, and U.S. policies to promote religious freedom around the world. It is submitted in compliance with the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (US)(P.L. 105-292)

International Association for Religious Freedom 

International Religious Liberty Association



Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Act 1999
Formerly the Affirmative Action (Equal Employment Opportunity for Women) Act 1986

Equal Employment Opportunity (Commonwealth Authorities) Act 1987 

Sex Discrimination Act 1984 


Attorney-General's Human Rights page 

National Women's Justice Coalition 

Office for Women
Information on women's human rights, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) & milestones in sex discrimination 1871-1983


2008 The effectiveness of the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in eliminating discrimination and promoting gender equality (Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs)

2001 From functionality to aesthetics: the architecture of transgender jurisprudence (AN Sharpe)

2001 Inquiry into the provisions of the Sex Discrimination Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2000
Report from the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee into a Bill designed to prevent certain fertile women from accessing reproductive technologies

2000 'Yakking giants': equality discourse in the High Court (K. Dunn)

2000 Sexual harassment and the corporation in Australia and Japan: the potential for corporate governance of human rights (C. Parker & L. Wolff)

1999 Sex discrimination legislation in the States and Territories (Commonwealth Parliamentary Library)

1999 The elusive promise of equality: analysing the limits of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Commonwealth Parliamentary Library)

1994 Equality before the law: justice for women (Australian Law Reform Commission report no. 69) Volume 1 --- Volume 2



Human Rights (Sexual Conduct) Act 1994 

Age of Consent laws 


Understanding your legal rights - same sex
NSW Attorney-General's Dept webpage dealing with gay and lesbian legal issues. Covers NSW and some federal law

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission 


2007 Same-sex: same entitlements (Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission)

2002 No Mr Muehlenberg, there's no sex with labradors: flat-earthers come round to the ordinary family lives of sexual outsiders (D. Sandor)
Detailed overview of same sex law reform

2000 The Effects of including gay and lesbian soldiers in the Australian Defence Forces: appraising the evidence (A. Belkin)

2000 Gay hate related homicides: an overview of major findings in New South Wales (Australian Institute of Criminology)

1997 Inquiry into sexuality discrimination (Australia. Parliament. Senate. Legal and Constitutional Committee)

1994 Human Rights (Sexual Conduct) Bill 1994: bills digest (Commonwealth Parliamentary Library)

1994 Strange bedfellows: the UN Human Rights Committee and the Tasmanian Parliament (Commonwealth Parliamentary Library)

Links to other sites

Gay and lesbian rights (University of Canterbury, UK)

Sexuality, Gender and the Law. Worldwide legal resources from the University of Chicago Law School

Includes links to national legislation worldwide