Acting WA Equal Opportunity Commissioner Dr John Byrne has called on all Western Australians to celebrate the state’s equal opportunity laws on Australia Day.
“For over three decades it has been unlawful in WA to treat people unfairly because of certain attributes they possess and we should all be proud of that,” he said.
He said at a time when public discussions often centred on the ‘Australian’ way of life he asked people to consider the Australian concept of ‘a fair go’ for everybody.
“I think it is a bit one-dimensional to say the Australian way of life only adheres to the values and behaviours of a section of the community.
“The Equal Opportunity Act 1984 allows ‘a fair go’ for Western Australians who are being discriminated against because of race, sex, age, impairment, religious conviction, political conviction, gender history and sexual orientation to name a few,” he said.
Dr Byrne said discrimination against these attributes was covered in many areas of public life such as employment, goods and services, access to places and vehicles, education and clubs.
“Many Western Australians share the common value of being able to access employment, goods and services, education and places.
“I encourage everybody to concentrate on those common values this Australia Day,” he said.
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