EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ACT —
1144. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Leader of the House
representing the Attorney General:
I refer to the terms of reference
for the review of the Equal Opportunity Act 1984.
(1) Has the Law
Reform Commission of Western Australia established whether there is a need for
(2) If yes to (1) —
(a) please table the scope of the
(b) will a discussion paper on the
review be made available for public comment;
(c) if yes to (b), when will the
paper be released; and
(d) if no to (b), why not?
(3) If no to (1),
when is the Law Reform Commission scheduled to deliver its opinion on whether
there is a need for reform?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of the question.
Attorney General has requested that the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia
review the Equal Opportunity Act 1984. The LRCWA will consult extensively on
this reference and will release a discussion paper during 2020. Recommendations
on whether there is a need for reform, and, if so, the nature of that reform, will be set out in the LRCWA's final
report to the Attorney General, which will be tabled in Parliament. As
part of this reference, the LRCWA will also consider the commonwealth Religious
Discrimination Bill 2019 and the Australian Law Reform Commission's
inquiry into the framework of religious exemptions in anti-discrimination
legislation. The LRCWA final report is due on 30 June 2021.