Politicians and judges must be included in sex discrimination law

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The federal government will amend the gender discrimination law to include politicians and judges, who were previously exempt from the laws.

The government will adopt the 55 recommendations contained in the Respect at Work report, in whole or in part.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the changes were aimed at changing the culture of Australian workplaces to keep everyone safe.

“Sexual harassment is unacceptable,” he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

“This is not only immoral and despicable and even criminal, but particularly in the context of the Respect at Work report, it deprives Australians, especially women, of not only their personal safety but also their economic security.”

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Attorney General Michaelia Cash said a series of legislative changes will be introduced in Parliament this year, aimed at strengthening protections against sexual harassment in the workplace.

She said that as part of the changes, politicians and judges would be subject to the sex discrimination law.

“We will be subject to the same law as anyone else, which means we will be subject to the same consequences,” said Senator Cash.

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“Someone can bring a complaint against you to the commission, if it is confirmed, it is confirmed. if not, it is not.

Almost 40% of women and more than a quarter of men have experienced sexual harassment at work in the past five years, according to the latest data.

Gender Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins submitted her report to the government in January last year.

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The Coalition has come under enormous pressure to keep women safe after recent allegations of rape and sexual harassment rocked federal politics.

This sparked a wave of major protests across the country and raised questions about why the government’s response to the report took so long.

Mr Morrison said the money to support the recommendations would be included in next month’s federal budget.

-with agencies

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