Submission: Ending racially discriminatory laws that lead to the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission invited the Human Rights Law Centre to make a submission on how to end racially discriminatory laws that lead to the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls.

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Submission: Freedom from discrimination in religious schools

Strong discrimination laws promote equality and foster happy, healthy and safe societies. Permanent legislative exemptions which allow faith-based educational institutions to discriminate in education and employment effectively override the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and their families, to be free from discrimination. These exemptions are inherently unfair, discriminatory and out of step with modern community expectations.

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Submission: Self-determination for trans and gender diverse Territorians

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (NT) would mean married transgender people wouldn’t need to divorce their spouse in order to change the gender on their birth certificate. The Human Rights Law Centre has welcomed key parts of the bill, but called for further amendments in its submission to provide self-determination for trans and gender diverse Territorians.

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Submission: Modernising Queensland's archaic abortion laws

The Queensland Parliament should demonstrate its commitment to women’s health and equality by passing a bill to modernise the state’s woefully outdated abortion laws the Human Right Law Centre said in a submission to a parliamentary committee today.

The Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018 would decriminalise abortion, respect a woman’s right to choose up to 22 weeks of pregnancy and create safe access zones around abortion clinics. 

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