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Thinking About Equality

UNSW Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 833-839, 2004

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 07/23

8 Pages Posted: 9 May 2007  

Reg Graycar

The University of Sydney Law School

Jenny Jane Morgan

Melbourne Law School

Abstract

This discussion, part of a forum reviewing in the first 20 years of Australia's Sex Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth), considers what is understood by the notion of 'equality' when used in the context of the Sex Discrimination Act. While the term is often used when talking of legislation of such kinds, equality is a concept with a number of different meanings. In particular we examine the persistence of an understanding of equality as merely formal equality or at best subject to a 'differences approach'. We argue that this is a limited way to understand the concept of equality.

Keywords: Sex Discrimination Act 2004 (Cth), gender, equality, formal equality, substantive equality

JEL Classification: K10, K19, J71, J16

Suggested Citation

Graycar, Reg and Morgan, Jenny Jane, Thinking About Equality. UNSW Law Journal, Vol. 27, No. 3, pp. 833-839, 2004; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 07/23. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=985011

Reg Graycar (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Jenny Jane Morgan

Melbourne Law School ( email )

University Square
185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
Australia

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