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Equality and Discrimination Law in Australia: An Introduction


  • Date Published: November 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107432253

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  • Equality and Discrimination Law in Australia: An Introduction explores four decades of anti-discrimination laws in Australia. Beth Gaze and Belinda Smith argue that effective laws protecting against and deterring discrimination are vital for a fair future, and emphasise the theoretical and social contexts that underpin this area of the law. The text is divided into three sections: the first addresses the social and conceptual context, history and framework of anti-discrimination laws; the second analyses the main elements of the law and the processes of enforcement; and the third explores broader avenues for pursuing equality beyond simply prohibiting discrimination. Written in a clear and concise style, Equality and Discrimination Law in Australia: An Introduction is a vital resource for students.

    • A concise, student-friendly textbook that offers an overarching conceptual approach to understanding the context, content and application of equality and discrimination laws in Australia, including in contexts such as employment
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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107432253
    • length: 355 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I:
    1. Equality, discrimination, and law
    2. Historical background to anti-discrimination law
    3. Basic framework of legislation
    Part II. Anti-Discrimination Legislation:
    4. The attributes
    5. Prohibited conduct
    6. Areas
    7. Making rights effective: institutions, procedures and remedies
    Part III:
    8. Positive action
    9. Employment discrimination and the Fair Work Act
    10. Government action to advance equality: human rights and positive measures
    11. Equality rights into the future.

  • Authors

    Beth Gaze, University of Melbourne
    Beth Gaze has published extensively on anti-discrimination law, including employment discrimination, and on tribunals, and has conducted socio-legal research in both areas. She has acted as an expert adviser to parliament and is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Discrimination and the Law. With Anna Chapman, she is presently engaged in a major project on the intersection between provisions of the Fair Work Act 2009 and anti-discrimination law. Associate Professor Gaze has degrees in science and law from the University of Melbourne, Monash University, Victoria and the University of California, Berkeley, where she held a Fulbright postgraduate student grant, and has been admitted to legal practice in Australia. She teaches equality and discrimination law, administrative law and legal method and reasoning at Melbourne Law School, where she is a member of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law and the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies. Gaze's research interests are in anti-discrimination and equality law, feminist legal thought, and administrative law including tribunals, and she has a particular interest in socio-legal research, including empirical research. She has held several Australian Research Council grants, and has conducted empirical research into the enforcement process under Australian federal anti-discrimination law. In 2009 Associate Professor Gaze was an expert consultant to the Victorian Parliament's Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee in its Inquiry into the Exceptions and Exemptions in the Equal Opportunity Act 1995. She was a member of the Advisory Committee to the Gardner Review of the Equal Opportunity Act 1995, which reported in 2008.

    Belinda Smith, University of Sydney
    Belinda Smith researches primarily in the areas of anti-discrimination law, gender equity, and work-family conflict. After working at the Australian Industrial Relations Commission and the Industrial Law Group of Blake Dawson Waldron, Sydney, Dr Smith took up a teaching fellowship in the Columbia University Law School. New York, where she began her academic career and undertook a JSD.

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