Thursday, 2 September 2021
Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021; Second Reading
I thank all members who contributed to the debate on the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021. The Australian government is pleased to be taking action to streamline the national legal frameworks that deal with sexual harassment as part of its long-term strategy to prevent and address sexual harassment outlined in the report entitled A Roadmap for Respect: Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. This bill will ensure that all Australians are protected from workplace sexual harassment, by expanding the scope of existing sexual harassment prohibitions, promoting clarity for employers and workers and reducing procedural barriers for sexual harassment complainants. I commend the bill to the House.