Media Releases

National Children’s Commissioner to examine intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour in children

From today, the National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell is calling for submissions on intentional self-harm and suicidal behaviour among children and young people under 18 years as part of her national examination.Children and children’s...
Tuesday 22 April 2014

Overwhelming majority reject change to racial vilification law

Today’s Nielsen poll showing 88% of respondents disagree with the contention that it should be lawful to offend, insult or humiliate a person on the basis of race is further evidence that changes to the Racial Discrimination Act are unwarranted and...
Monday 14 April 2014

Paralympic Gold Medalist and Guide Dog Fall From Train

An Australian former gold paralympian, Bart Bunting, fell from a train with his guide dog Chevy on Friday as the result of no next stop announcements.Mr Bunting, who was travelling to the Blue Mountains for the weekend, attempted to get off the...
Monday 14 April 2014

Raising the pension age will not work until you ensure the opportunity for older people to keep working

Before it considers raising the pension age, Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, has called on the federal Government to give the highest priority to addressing the needs of older people who are capable and wish to keep working up to and...
Friday 11 April 2014

Football and cricket codes tackle homophobia in sport

In what is described as a first for major professional sports in Australia, the Australian Football League and Australia Rugby Union today will commit to eliminating homophobia in sport.Commitments to ensure that gay, lesbian and bisexual people are...
Wednesday 9 April 2014

Pregnancy and return to work: high prevalence of discrimination

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released its Headline Prevalence Data for its National Review, entitled Supporting Working Parents: Pregnancy and Return to Work National Review. The Review included an Australia-wide national consultation...
Monday 7 April 2014

Child friendly report on the human rights of Australia’s children

The National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, released today a child friendly report on the human rights of Australia’s children, titled What does the Children’s Rights Report 2013 say?“This version of my report to Parliament is designed for...
Friday 4 April 2014

RDA change endangers efforts to close the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health gap

The Close the Gap Campaign today called on the government to rethink the proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) and consider the impact they could have on closing the health equality gap. The Campaign believes that the RDA provides...
Monday 31 March 2014

Audit Report on progress on treatment of women in the ADF

The Commission has released its Audit Report, the fourth and final of its Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force, finding the ADF has made significant progress in a number of areas that will both improve gender diversity...
Wednesday 26 March 2014

Changes to the Racial Discrimination Act

The Commission welcomes today’s release by the Attorney-General of the exposure draft on changes to the Racial Discrimination Act.There was an increase in complaints received by the Commission under the Racial Discrimination Act in the previous...
Tuesday 25 March 2014

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