A promise to unify the country’s anti-discrimination laws took a step forward at a meeting of the country’s attorneys-general last week.

Two web-based services have been established to bring together all juris-dictions’ human rights, anti-discrimination or equal opportunity commissions.

A national gateway will provide a public window into the agencies and the grounds on which a complaint can be made in each jurisdiction.

Also announced was the National Anti-‘Discrimination Workspace, an online forum for the commissions to share information.

The moves were considered a necessary first step before officers from the AG departments could negotiate harmonisation of the laws themselves, which has been an agenda item at the quarterly SCAG meetings since the Rudd Government came to power.

Commonwealth Attorney-General Robert McClelland also raised the issue of relationship registers for same-sex couples in light of the federal de facto reforms last year.

Last week NSW Attorney-General John Hatzistergos indicated a willingness to talk with the Commonwealth towards the goal of nationally consistent recognition of same-sex couples. However, on that issue there was little progress to show from last week’s meeting.

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