Media Releases

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

Commission urges detained children be released into the community

As President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, I welcome the news that the Minister for Immigration has agreed to release all children and their families from detention before Christmas.Having seen first-hand the damage that detention does...
Friday 5 December 2014

Bipartisan support needed to reverse Indigenous imprisonment

The over-representation of Indigenous Australians in the criminal justice system is one of the most urgent human rights issues facing Australia, says the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda.“I find it...
Thursday 4 December 2014

Disability Commissioner's call to employers

To mark International Day of People with Disability today, the Disability Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan is calling on employers around Australia to celebrate the valuable contributions that people with disability make in business,...
Wednesday 3 December 2014