Law reform and public affairs
On 20 June 2018, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins announced a National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces (“the Inquiry”). The Terms of Reference for the Inquiry can be found here. The New South Wales Bar Association Diversity & Equality Committee (DEC) with the Women Barristers Forum (WBF) is in the process of preparing a submission in response to the Inquiry which will cover the research and statistics that have already taken place on the subject matter as well as outlining the unique circumstances of barristers and the lack of legal protections under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth).
To assist the DEC in its preparation of the submission, the Committee invite members of the NSW Bar to provide any relevant information, comments for inclusion in the submission or confidential contributions. Contributions will be treated confidentially and can be sent via email to the chair of the Diversity & Equality Committee or to Advocate for Change, Richard Weinstein SC by Friday, 5 October 2018. Contributions by members will be treated confidentially and will not be identified in a submission unless specified by the contributor.
Members or chambers may also make their own submission to the Inquiry.