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New laws make employers responsible for preventing sexual harassment in workplaces

Last year, new legislation came into force placing responsibility on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The new laws give the Human Rights Commission (HRC) the power to investigate whether businesses and employers are taking proactive steps to make workplaces safer. Image: Image: Supplied/ Alexi Boyd Produced By: Alexi Boyd Featured In Story: …

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Landmark ACT Bill Banning Irreversible Procedures for Intersex Children Now In Effect

In March last year, the ACT passed a bill that would ban irreversible medical procedures for young intersex people. The laws came into effect at the beginning of this year, the first of their kind in any jurisdiction in Australia. The bill will stop deferrable treatments on intersex people’s sex characteristics until they’re old enough …

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WHO and UN call to end human rights abuses in mental health care

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (UN) have jointly released a new report called “Mental health, human rights and legislation: guidance and practice”. The aim of the report is to support countries like Australia to reform laws to end human rights abuses and increase access to …

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