Media Releases

Conference to celebrate 40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act

The role of racial discrimination laws in responding to racism will be the focus of a conference next month hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission.The RDA@40 Conference will be held in Sydney from 19-20 February 2015, bringing together an...
Thursday 29 January 2015

Rosie Batty Honoured

Rosie Batty HonouredJanuary 26, 2015The Australian Human Rights Commission warmly congratulates Rosie Batty on her selection as Australian of the Year.“She has taught us that out of tragedy and grief comes immense power - the power to positively...
Monday 26 January 2015

‘Invaluable support’ for anti-racism message from outgoing Australian of the Year, Adam Goodes

The Australian Human Rights Commission acknowledges the leadership of Adam Goodes in anti-racism and human rights, as he concludes his term as 2014 Australian of the Year.More than 325 organisations across Australia are official supporters of the...
Wednesday 21 January 2015

Reframing the free speech debate

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has released a collection of presentations from the Free Speech 2014 symposium held in Sydney earlier this year.The Free Speech 20 14 Symposium Papers Report sets out the merits and limitations of...
Wednesday 17 December 2014

Commission welcomes reappointment of Mick Gooda

Australian Human Rights Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs, has welcomed the Government’s decision to reappoint Mick Gooda as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner.The announcement was made by Attorney-General...
Thursday 11 December 2014

Human Rights Awards honour quiet Australian heroes

A Sydney high school principal, Dorothy Hoddinott AO, has won the 2014 Human Rights Medal in recognition of her lifelong passion for and commitment to education, particularly for disadvantaged and refugee students, many of whom have experienced...
Wednesday 10 December 2014

Consultation needed on GP co-payment changes

The Co-Chairs of the Close the Gap campaign have called on the Australian Government to consult with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healthcare providers to ensure changes to the GP co-payment are in the best interests of Aboriginal and Torres...
Wednesday 10 December 2014

Human Rights Awards to honour our unsung heroes

The Australian Human Rights Commission will name and honour Australia’s human rights heroes on 10 December at the 2014 Human Rights Awards.Federal Attorney-General George Brandis is a guest speaker at the Awards, presented at the Museum of...
Tuesday 9 December 2014

Vale Stella Young

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan AO has acknowledged the important contribution of disability activist Stella Young.“Staff at the Australian Human Rights Commission are saddened to hear of the unexpected death of Stella Young,”...
Monday 8 December 2014

National Children’s Commissioner releases submissions on self-harm and suicide

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell will today launch her second national report on the rights of children and young people, and release public submissions from her investigation into child self-harm and suicide.
Monday 8 December 2014