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When push comes to love, is it a contradiction?

When push comes to love, is it a contradiction? (Last Updated On: August 8, 2016)

Back in 1984, the sex discrimination act was introduced prohibiting, in shortened terms, “discrimination on the basis of sex, marital or relationship status, sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status in a range of areas of public life including work, accommodation, education, the provision of goods, facilities and services, the activities of clubs and the administration of Commonwealth laws and programs.”.

Many amendments have since been made, with the Australian Labour Party implementing 85 changes since 2008. The most recent amendment was made in 2013 implementing “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”.

Australian workplaces, large and small, have supported this legislative stance and embraced these continual advances towards equality. Why however, is there a very exposed contradiction? While governments have passed numerous laws forbidding employers from same sex discrimination and enforcing equal employment opportunities, they are yet to grant same sex couples the basic, opportune right to marry.

These ideals are remarkably skewed. Equal rights should qualify in all spheres of life, not just while at work.

This then leads to another interesting point. While in power (2010 – 2013), Julia Gillard constantly opposed same-sex marriage, which in her own words “was most assuredly not winning hearts and minds”. This week however, the tables have turned, with Gillard vocalising her ‘new found’ support towards marriage equality.

This announcement has been deemed a potential catalyst for change however, it is not without some backlash. The public keeps wondering, where was this show of support whilst in power?

Gillard has now admitted that her previous stance was “considered odd and idiosyncratic given her broader values”.  Are we then to assume that even though our political leaders are in positions of such power and continually enforce workplace fairness and equality, that perhaps their own workplaces defies this?

How many other Australian workplaces are doing the same?

If you would like to ensure all your employees conform to an equal, fair and transparent workplace, contact us today. Employsure can help elevate struggles with suppressed equality in the workplace by implementing policies and codes of conduct. We can also provide advice on managing and overcoming specific scenarios in your workplace. Call us today on 1300 651 415.


Source: Fair Work Commission, The Daily Telegraph &

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