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Commission calls for calm on Manus Island

Australian Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow is calling on the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to honour their international human rights obligations and avoid use of force on Manus Island.The Australian Human Rights Commission...
Thursday 23 November 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane

False narratives and the postal vote

This month, the Australian public has spoken resoundingly in favour of changing the law to allow same sex marriage. Following the subsiding of excitement about the survey result, much of the media commentary has focused on the noticeably high ‘No’...
Thursday 23 November 2017

“Will you still need me”

Combatting Discrimination & Promoting Cohesion“Will you still need me”Paul McCartney’s famous song ‘Will you still need me’ penned in 1966, at the age of 24, when the oldest of Australia’s baby boomers were just turning 20, despite Paul...
Wednesday 22 November 2017

Racism, denial and false narratives

National Advancing Community Cohesion conferenceWestern Sydney University, Parramatta, Sydney22 November 2017Check against deliveryI acknowledge the Darug people as the traditional owners of the land on which we meet. May I also acknowledge Dr Sev...
Wednesday 22 November 2017
Bringing them home = artwork by Riki Salam

National Stolen Generations reparations scheme needed

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO has called for a national reparations scheme for members of the Stolen Generations.“It’s been heartening to see a number of reparations schemes in states and...
Tuesday 21 November 2017
June Oscar in possum cloak at the Narrm Oration 2017

Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar delivers 2017 Narrm Oration - Resilience...

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar delivered the 2017 Narrm Oration at the University of Melbourne last night.The theme of the address was Resilience and Reconstruction: the agency of women in rebuilding...
Friday 17 November 2017
Don Dale Centre

Report must be catalyst for change

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes today’s findings of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory, 18 months after details emerged of the disturbing mistreatment of children in the Don...
Friday 17 November 2017

2017 Narrm Oration

AcknowledgementsYaningi warangira ngindaji yuwa muwayi ingirranggu, Wurundjeri yani U. Balangarri wadjirragali jarra ningi – gamali ngindaji yau muwayi nyirrami ngarri thangani. Yaningi miya ngindaji Muwayi ingga winyira ngarragi thangani. ...
Thursday 16 November 2017
Leadership Program on Cultural Diversity

Australia's first diversity leadership program takes off

The Australian Human Rights Commission and the University Sydney Business School (USBS) have teamed-up to launch the country’s first Leadership Program on Cultural Diversity.The pilot program, which was conducted in Sydney this week, is an executive...
Thursday 16 November 2017
Marriage Equality result party in Sydney

Human Rights Commission welcomes marriage postal survey result

Following the completion of the Federal Government postal survey on marriage reform, the Australian Human Rights Commission calls on Parliament to amend the Marriage Act so that civil marriage is available to all couples, regardless of sex, sexual...
Wednesday 15 November 2017

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