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BAE Exemption


On 21 January 2008, the Equal Opportunity Tribunal granted BAE Systems an exemption from the South Australia Equal Opportunity Act 1984 to allow it to discriminate against current and future staff members on the basis of nationality, when considering who should work on projects involving controlled defence material from the United States of America.

Equal Opportunity Commissioner Linda Matthews opposed the application on a number of grounds. She said, "commercial considerations should not override fundamental human rights". The Equal Opportunity Commission submission to the Tribunal (which can be downloaded below) outlines the arguments against granting the application.

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