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Justice in Focus Series: Anti-Discrimination & Social Origin Conversations

Justice in Focus Series: Anti-Discrimination & Social Origin Conversations

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Join our panel discussion on social origin and how law reform will mitigate discrimination on the basis of social origin in Queensland.

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Talking about class is often regarded as distasteful in Australia, even offensive. Acknowledging its existence and impact exposes a fragility in our national mythology; who are we as a nation if not egalitarian? But socio-economic status is real and tangible for people who live in poverty, who are homeless or live in social housing, or who struggle to change to their circumstances because they cannot muster the resources to overcome the structural inequities that hold them back. As the gig economy deepens its impact on the labour market, and pandemic conditions widen the gap between rich and poor, social origin and socio-economic status are set to further cement their role as the single biggest determinant of opportunity and advantage.

Even though socio-economic status is the commonest underpinning of inequality, human rights laws generally ignore and thus reinforce the impact of socio-economic status on people’s lives. Now, the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 is under review. There is an opportunity to expand the new law to protect against discrimination on the basis of social origin in Queensland.

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