Journal article

Intersectional Discrimination in Australia: An Empirical Critique of the Legal Framework

Alysia Blackham, Jeromey Temple

University of New South Wales Law Journal | Law School, University of New South Wales | Published : 2020

Abstract

Australian equality law is still largely dependent on individual enforcement to achieve systemic change. The degree to which discrimination law acknowledges and accommodates intersectional discrimination is a question of growing pertinence. This article bridges theoretical scholarship on intersectionality and empirical statistical evidence of how people experience discrimination in Australia, drawing on data from the 2014 General Social Survey, to critically evaluate the extent to which Australian discrimination law is able to accommodate intersectional experiences of discrimination. We argue that there is a fundamental disconnect between the legal framework, which focuses on separate and di..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme


Funding Acknowledgements

Associate Professor and Discovery Early Career Research Fellow, Melbourne Law School, The University of Melbourne. Alysia's contributions to this research were funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects funding scheme (Project DE170100228). The views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily those of the Australian Government or Australian Research Council.