The Australian Human Rights Commission has found compelling evidence for the need for federal laws to protect people from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and sex or gender identity.
A recent report, titled Addressing sexual orientation and sex and/or gender discrimination, suggests that many Australians have been negatively impacted by discrimination, violence or bullying on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
The report was based on a public consultation that ran last year, aimed at discovering the experiences and views of those who have been discriminated against due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.
It is suggested that the best way to solve this problem is to generate federal law protections for such discrimination.
The Australian Human Rights commission is hoping this report will help assist the Government in its consideration of including such protections in federal law.
To talk more about the report, we were joined by President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Honorable Catherine Branson QC. She explained how this report relates to the Human Rights Framework announced earlier last year.