Refugee stares out to sea. Photo UNHCR & Shawn Baldwin

Updated: immigration snapshot

A new report on asylum seekers, refugees and human rights has been released today, aiming to give parliamentarians, key commentators and the community a clear understanding of the human rights issues that arise from Australia’s refugee and asylum...
Thursday 30 March 2017

Graduation speech: Moral courage

Speech given at University of South Australia Graduation CeremonyCheck against deliveryIt is wonderful to be joining you this afternoon. To all those who will be graduating very shortly, my warmest congratulations to you. And my congratulations as...
Thursday 30 March 2017
Three children playing, of diverse cultural backgrounds. Source: Wikimedia commons, Harmony Day 5475646580

Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

Today the Commission made a submission to parliament on the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act and Australian Human Rights Commission Act. Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017I refer to the above Bill which has been referred...
Friday 24 March 2017
Leadership Diversity Council

Commissioner launches Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity

Photo: From L-R - Professor Peter Høj, Ian Narev, Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Michelle Guthrie, Tony Johnson, Dr Martin Parkinson.A newly-formed group of eight Australian leaders have come together to promote cultural diversity at senior levels.Race...
Wednesday 22 March 2017
Photo from Wikimedia Commons DIAC Harmony Day

Proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act

The Australian Human Rights Commission remains of the view that section 18C and 18D of the Racial Discrimination Act, as interpreted by the Courts, strike an appropriate balance between freedom of expression and protection from racial vilification....
Tuesday 21 March 2017
Australia Day Parade 2013 Aweil Community South Sudanese (170) image by Flickr Multicultural SA

Embracing cultural diversity, rejecting racism

Harmony Day on 21 March is a celebration of cultural diversity and a call to action to push back against racism, wherever it occurs.“Today marks the 51st anniversary of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial...
Tuesday 21 March 2017
Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Setting the record straight: complaints and the Racial Discrimination Act

Informing people about their right to lodge a complaint if they believe they have experienced racial hatred is a responsibility of the Race Discrimination Commissioner, under the Racial Discrimination Act.Responding to recent articles in The...
Monday 20 March 2017
National Congress of Australia's First Peoples volunteers Kevin Lee (left) and Dickson Luo; Congress and Close the Gap Campaign co-chair Jackie Huggins; volunteers Isabel Hernandez and Cliantha Dawit-Dessay; and Congress CEO Gary Oliver

'We seek a new relationship with Govt': Close the Gap Campaign

“A month ago, when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull gave his Closing the Gap Report to Parliament, he stated that only one out of the seven headline targets for closing the health gap between Australia's First Peoples and non-Indigenous Australians...
Thursday 16 March 2017
Aboriginal girl holding hoop, image courtesy Oxfam, for Close the Gap

Indigenous push to close the health gap

After 10 years and despite bipartisan support for closing the gap, Australian governments at all levels are failing Australia’s First Peoples. But there is a way forward.
Thursday 16 March 2017

The lion and the lamb: freedom of religion in multicultural Australia

The lion and the lamb: freedom of religion in multicultural AustraliaAffinity Intercultural Foundation: Lunchtime Lecture SeriesCHECK AGAINST DELIVERY IntroductionAcknowledgementsGadigal people of the Eora nation;Ahmet Polat.The Hon Ray Williams MP...
Wednesday 15 March 2017

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