New anti-discrimination laws for Tasmania
A number of new amendments to the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Act will safeguard against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
The amendments which were passed by the Legislative Council on Thursday, extend protections from offensive conduct to prohibit a person from offending, humiliating, intimidating, insulting or ridiculing another person on the basis of their sexual orientation or sex and gender identities.
“These important reforms bring about a fairer and more inclusive Tasmania,” commented Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality convener, Andrew Badcock. “By passing this reform, Tasmania has strengthened its responsibility for a person’s right to protection from discrimination based on their sex, gender, and sexuality”.
For the first time, Tasmania’s anti-discrimination laws will extend protection to transgender and intersex people.
Transgender advocate, Martine Delaney, described the amendments as a welcome development for intersex and gender diverse people.
“The Bill specifically identifies intersex and transgender persons, ensuring better protections for people who are among Tasmanians most vulnerable to abuse and discrimination.”
Faith based schools were exempt from discriminating in enrolment on grounds of religion.