: Australia’s first age discrimination commissioner appointed

Australia’s first age discrimination commissioner appointed

Philip Lynch
Human Rights

The Australian government has appointed the Hon Susan Ryan AO as Australia’s first ever full-time Age Discrimination Commissioner. ‘In her new position of Age Discrimination Commissioner, Ms Ryan will be a dedicated advocate of not only older Australians, but also young people who might be affected by age discrimination,’ Attorney-General Robert McClelland said.

Ms Ryan has significant experience addressing discrimination and advocating for older people as well as practical work implementing anti-discrimination policy. While serving in the Senate, Ms Ryan was critical to the development of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and legislation surrounding equal opportunity. More recently, she has served as Chair of the Australian Human Rights Group and played a crucial leadership role in the campaign for a national Human Rights Act.

PHIL LYNCH is Executive Director of the Human Rights 
Law Centre.

(2011) 36(3) AltLJ 203
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