Susan Ryan appointed Australia’s first age discrimination commissioner

Author: Maars News , Published on: 31 July 2011

Former Hawke government minister Susan Ryan has been appointed Australia’s first age discrimination commissioner...Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland said Ms Ryan would speak up for older Australians, as well as younger people subject to age-based discrimination...Under the Age Discrimination Act, Ms Ryan would be charged with tackling discrimination in workplaces and the wider community. “This includes discrimination in getting a job or applying for a promotion, enrolling at TAFE or university, applying to rent a house or using services such as at a bank,” he said in a statement...National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill said Ms Ryan needed to focus on the under-employment of older people. “The reality is many older Australians, including those disability pensioners who can now work up to 30 hours a week, want to work but no one will employ them,” he said.

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