Tuesday 8 November 2011

The annual Human Rights Awards are now only four weeks away and tickets are selling fast.

Australian Human Rights Commission President Catherine Branson QC said the tickets always sold rapidly in the last few weeks and urged those planning on coming to buy them now.

“We’re expecting more than 400 people to attend the event which is being held in a new location at the Sofitel Sydney this year,” Ms Branson said.

“The Human Rights Awards are always inspiring and this year with our new MC Corinne Grant, the day is certain to be entertaining as well.”

Good News Week, 7PM Project and Rove Live comedian Corinne Grant is one of Australia’s best known and highly regarded performers.

Corinne is an accomplished stand-up comedian, MC, presenter, writer and broadcaster who has performed both nationally and internationally. Her credits include The Glasshouse, Spicks and Specks and Dancing with the Stars. She says hosting the awards is a great honour.

“I'm really looking forward to meeting the nominees and hearing about their extraordinary work. It will be a very inspirational afternoon,” Corinne says.

“There will be a lot of wonderful stories to hear on the day and I plan to keep the day moving with warmth and respect for those in attendance. But I'll probably make some silly jokes as well!.”

Corinne has also thrown her full support behind the Australian Human Rights Commission.

“The Commission is a vital part of who we are. It serves to remind us that human rights are an integral part of a just society and to act when we veer off track,” she says.

“The great thing is, we can all become a part of that process by spreading the word on human rights issues. It is easy to forget those less fortunate, less safe or less secure than ourselves, especially when we live in such an affluent country.”

The Awards are in their 24th year and will be held at a lunchtime ceremony on Friday, 9 December 2011 at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, in Phillip Street Sydney. The Human Rights Medal and Young People’s Medal winners for 2011 will be announced, as well as eight other categories.

Standard tickets are $100, community tickets are $70 for non-government/community organisations, and tickets for concession card holders are $50. Tickets can be ordered by downloading the order form at

Editors please note a promotional photo of Corinne Grant is at

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