Mabo Lecture - National Native Title Conference 2017

Speech given at the National Native Title Conference, TownsvilleIntroduction in BunubaYaningi warangira ngindaji yuwa muwayi ingirranggu, Gurambilbarra  Walgurakaba yani u.   Balangarri wadjirragali jarra ningi – gamali ngindaji yau muwayi nyirrami...
Tuesday 6 June 2017

Victorian Parliament Iftar Dinner

Remarks of Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner to the 12th Annual Victorian Parliament Iftar DinnerCHECK AGAINST DELIVERYAcknowledgementsWurundjeri people of the Kulin nation;Ahmet Keskin, Executive Director, Australian Intercultural Society;...
Monday 5 June 2017
Uluru Convention group photo - courtesy Referendum Council

Australia’s human rights bodies tell political leaders: Uluru Statement ‘cannot...

Australia’s federal, state and territory human rights bodies have urged political leaders to work across party lines to deliver Constitutional reform for Australia’s First Peoples.In a joint letter, the Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities...
Monday 5 June 2017
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

We need to do more to protect our kids online

One unintended consequence of the explosion of digital technology is the proliferation of online child exploitation material – and increased opportunities for child sex offenders to connect with other offenders.This is the central finding of Anti-...
Thursday 25 May 2017

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