Race, dignity and the responsibility of lawyers

Speech given at the Wellness for Law Conference, University of Adelaide Law SchoolThe law can sometimes feel remote from people’s lives. It can cast a shadow over everything that we do, yet for those who are not lawyers it can be hard to understand...
Thursday 16 February 2017
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Commission welcomes marriage equality report

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes a consensus report on marriage equality by a parliamentary Select Committee on the Exposure Draft Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016.The cross-party committee considered how to amend...
Thursday 16 February 2017
Photo coutesy of First Peoples Disability Network

Indigenous leaders deliver Redfern Statement to PM

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have delivered the historic Redfern Statement direct to the Prime Minister at Parliament House, using the handover to demand a new relationship with government.Indigenous leaders gave the statement to...
Tuesday 14 February 2017

Protecting refugees

As recent reports allege asylum seekers are being removed from Manus Island and returned to their place of origin, Commission President, Prrofessor Gillian Triggs, reflects on the nation's responsibilities.
Monday 13 February 2017

Australia's advance in the protection of human rights

Yesterday’s announcement that the Government intends to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment – otherwise known as OPCAT - is the most significant advance in the...
Monday 13 February 2017
From left to right: Mr Edward Santow, Hon Julie Bishop MP, Hon George Brandis QC

OPCAT could revolutionise Australia's treatment of detainees

The federal government has announced it will ratify and implement the OPCAT treaty . Few people will have heard of OPCAT (Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture). It creates no new legal rights. Yet it could be the single most positive...
Monday 13 February 2017

e-bulletin: 10 Feb 2017

WelcomeWelcome to the Australian Human Rights Commission e-bulletin. Published fortnightly, this e-bulletin keeps you up-to-date with our programs, projects and news.In this e-bulletinSocial Justice Commissioner AnnouncedOPCAT ratification...
Friday 10 February 2017
June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

June Oscar AO becomes Social Justice Commissioner

The Australian Human Rights Commission is pleased to welcome June Oscar AO as the incoming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.Ms Oscar, a proud Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia, has devoted her...
Thursday 9 February 2017
Hands reaching out through prison bars

OPCAT: improving conditions of detention

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the Australian Government’s decision to ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).Under OPCAT,...
Thursday 9 February 2017

The AHRC and the Racial Discrimination Act: setting the record straight

Federal racial hatred legislation and the complaints-handling processes of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) are currently the subjects of an inquiry by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. The Committee’s ‘Freedom of...
Tuesday 7 February 2017

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