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Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013

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Amends the: Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to: provide new protections against discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status; provide protection against discrimination for same-sex de facto couples; and make consequential amendments; and Migration Act 1958 to make a consequential amendment.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 21 Mar 2013
Second reading moved 21 Mar 2013
Referred to Federation Chamber 29 May 2013
Second reading debate 30 May 2013
Second reading agreed to 30 May 2013
Reported from Federation Chamber 30 May 2013
Third reading agreed to 30 May 2013
Introduced and read a first time 17 Jun 2013
Second reading moved 17 Jun 2013
Second reading debate 18 Jun 2013
Second reading debate 24 Jun 2013
Second reading agreed to 24 Jun 2013
Third reading agreed to
  • : Amendment details: 5 Government agreed to
24 Jun 2013
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
25 Jun 2013
Text of bill as passed both Houses 25 Jun 2013
  • Act no.: 98
  • Year: 2013
28 Jun 2013

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Explanatory memoranda

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • 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.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

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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Schedules of amendments

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