Irene Peachey, Jackie Huggins (National Congress), Irene Davies and June Oscar

Uluru Statement calls for First Nations’ voice in the constitution

To resounding applause, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates from across the country have agreed to a landmark Uluru Statement calling for the establishment of a First Nations’ voice enshrined in the constitution."We, gathered at the 2017...
Friday 26 May 2017
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Commissioner invites OPCAT submissions

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has released a consultation paper and a call for submissions on Australia’s implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or...
Thursday 25 May 2017
Gumatj clan ceremonial leaders of Northeast Arnhem Land at Uluru for the First Nations National Convention

Uluru Convention ‘an historic opportunity for change’

“We gather from the furthest corners of this country to discuss a matter of great importance: how we, as the First Peoples of this country, stand in Australia’s founding legal document – the Constitution.”In her opening remarks to the Uluru National...
Wednesday 24 May 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with members of the Stolen Generations

Trauma affects generations after Bringing Them Home report

Twenty years ago this week, the Australian Human Rights Commission tabled in Federal Parliament a report into the forced removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.Between one in three and one in ten Indigenous...
Tuesday 23 May 2017
Australians Of The Year - Inspiring Change In Human Rights - 6 speakers: Deng Adut, Andrea Mason, Gillian Triggs, Yasmin Khan, Jason Ball, Kumi Taguchi

2017 Australians of the Year: inspiring change in human rights

Four remarkable Australians will discuss human rights at Sydney’s Town Hall next month.  They’ll be discussing how to bring Australians together around a range of hotly debated social issues.The evening will be hosted by ABC’s Kumi Taguchi –...
Wednesday 17 May 2017
Mardi Gras 2017

Human rights for LGBTI people: still much to do

The Australian Human Rights Commission acknowledges International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) on 17 May 2017.“International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia is an important opportunity to reflect on...
Wednesday 17 May 2017

Launch of Respecting Elders: Support and Conflict Resolution Services

The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO delivered the keynote address at the launch of the Respecting Elders: Support and Conflict Resolution Services.  The new service will be delivered by FMC Mediation and Counselling in partnership with Seniors Rights...
Thursday 11 May 2017
Pat Turner, Close the Gap

Indigenous health funding not enough to Close the Gap

Indigenous health representatives met in Canberra this week to consider the Federal Government’s 2017 budget, with Close the Gap Campaign Co-Chair Dr Jackie Huggins reflecting disappointment in the figures.“More investment is needed to close the...
Thursday 11 May 2017
Close the Gap 2017

Prioritise Indigenous health in May budget, Government urged

The Close the Gap campaign calls on the Federal Government to prioritise Indigenous health in its May 2017 budget.The Campaign's 2017 Budget Position paper lists nine priorities that will help close the gap in health inequality for Aboriginal and...
Sunday 7 May 2017
Multigenerational Aboriginal family - IStock photo

Statement by Commissioner June Oscar to UN Forum

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar has delivered a statement on the empowerment of Indigenous women to the United Nations Permanent Forum."I would like to acknowledge the custodians of the land we are...
Thursday 4 May 2017

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