"Stolen Wages" case should be delayed, says Social Justice Commissioner

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Dr William Jonas AM, today called on the Queensland government to delay plans to seek Cabinet approval for a draft plan to resolve the Aboriginal 'stolen wages' issue until they...

HREOC media release: Our buses are accessible but our bus stops aren’t:

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) highlighted this issue today (the International Day of People with disabilities), as the deadline for the first Australian Accessible Transport Standards approaches.

Land sharing at the heart of the successful Yalanji native title claim

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, has congratulated the Western Yalanji people on the recognition of their native title claim in the Mt Carbine region, north west of Cairns (Queensland).

NAIDOC Week : a time for reflection and celebration

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Dr Bill Jonas, said today that National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) Week represents an opportunity for the government and the wider community to focus...

2008 Media Release: Australian women mark another milestone with ordination of first woman Bishop

The consecration in Perth tomorrow of Australia’s first woman Bishop signals a major inroad in eliminating discrimination against women in all walks of life, federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick said today.

HREOC welcomes Westpac commitments

Human Rights Commissioner and Commissioner responsible for Disability Discrimination, Graeme Innes AM, today welcomed the release of Westpac"s 2006 Accessibility Action Plan which makes a number of new commitments to improving access to its service...

2008 Media Release: Towards fair treatment of all people in detention

Releasing options for Australia to monitor conditions of detention, Human Rights Commissioner, Graeme Innes, today emphasised the importance of Australia’s responsibility to ensure that all people who are deprived of their liberty within our borders...

Court decision demonstrates need for reparations scheme

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has called for a reparations scheme for Indigenous children forcibly removed from their parents under past Government policies, following a court ruling in the Northern Territory today.

HREOC media release: NSW Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill may breach human rights principles

Provisions of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill before the NSW Upper House today could amount to breaches of Australia’s human rights obligations, Human Rights Commissioner Graeme Innes and National Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma...

2009 Media Release: Does imprisonment give good value for money?

Our current way of dealing with Indigenous young offenders is not working and it’s time to take a whole new approach, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma, will tell a major conference on Indigenous young...