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The Age Discrimination ACT 2004 has been amended to provide greater legal protection against discrimination for older Australians.

Attorney General, Robert McClelland, and Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, have announced that the “dominant reason” test will be removed from the act as a result of recommendations from a bipartisan report of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs ‘Older People and the Law’. Recommended in 2007, the Rudd Government intends to introduce the amendment into Parliament later this year. The act will be amended so that a person need only show that their age was one of the reasons they were discriminated against. This will harmonise the Act with other federal unlawful discrimination laws.

For more information, visit the Department of Health and Ageing or view the Age Discrimination Act 2004.

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