Reflecting on: the Anti-Discrimination Act

Does the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 – which will feature in the History Reflected exhibition – still represent NSW today? Join the discussion as our guest speakers share their views.

The NSW Anti-Discrimination Act was introduced by the Wran Government in 1977. It set out definitions of discrimination and identified which types of discrimination and vilification were unlawful. At the time, the Act was a watershed moment.

As social attitudes in our state and nation have shifted since then – many disrupted by political activism and social justice movements – so, too, have the meaning and effect of the Act. In 2021, does the Act encompass current definitions of discrimination? Does its original intention still hold true? If not, why not? 

In this lively panel discussion hosted by Sydney Living Museums curator, Mel Flyte, and featuring Alastair Lawrie (Public Interest Advocacy Centre) and Dr Eloise Brook (The Gender Centre), we examine some of the key amendments made to the Act, explore what triggered these changes, and ask what changes need to be made next.


Thursday 16 September, 4pm-4.45pm
Free online via zoom link below


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Alastair Lawrie

Alastair Lawrie is the Policy Manager at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, having previously served as Policy & Engagement Manager at Hepatitis NSW, and as a federal ministerial adviser.
Alastair is a long-time advocate for the human rights of the LGBTI community. Currently, he is a Board Member of LGBTIQ+ Health Australia, advisor to the Just.Equal Australia Committee on anti-discrimination issues and LGBTI law reform in NSW, mentor with the Pinnacle Foundation and volunteer with the LGBTI sub-committee of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights. Previously, he has served as Policy Working Group Chair of both the Victorian and NSW Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobbies. He also writes Australia’s leading LGBTI rights blog

Dr Eloise Brook

Dr Eloise Brook is a writer, advocate and academic. She is the Health and Communications Manager for the NSW’s peak transgender organisation, The Gender Centre. Her work includes developing ways to empower the trans community to engage with the Australian media in more positive ways. She is a researcher and lecturer in political science and gender studies. She is the host and producer for The Gender Centre’s podcast Counting the Dead. Eloise was a member of the reference group for the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Standard for Sex, Gender, Variations of Sex Characteristics and Sexual Orientation Variables.

Free online

When & Where

Thursday 16 September 2021 4PM–4.45PM