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Tuesday 11 November 2014
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Global accounting firm KPMG is one of four businesses shortlisted for a 2014 Human Rights Business Award, the Australian Human Rights Commission announced today.

Joining KPMG on the shortlist are Koorreen Enterprises Pty Ltd, Crackerjack Education and Grace Papers (formerly known as Prue Gilbert Consulting Pty Ltd).

KPMG was shortlisted for its Reconciliation Action Plan, which fosters equal access to employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and provides support for Indigenous business, leadership and human rights.

Koorreen Enterprises was shortlisted for its work in counteracting lateral violence in Indigenous communities. The award’s judging panel said Koorreen’s training workshops equip participants with the skills to counteract emotional, spiritual and physical violence.

Crackerjack Education earned its spot on the business award shortlist for its online provision of teaching resources that encourage young Australians to engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history.

The fourth finalist in the business category, Grace Papers, was shortlisted for its work empowering women to address pregnancy discrimination in the workplace.

The Human Rights Commission also announced today the shortlist for its Human Rights Non-Fiction Literature Award. The finalists for this award are:

  • Nicholas Clements, The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania (University of Queensland Press)
  • Poetic Justice: Contemporary Australian Voices on Equality and Human Rights, an anthology published by Right Now
  • Kate Richards, Is There No Place for Me?: Making Sense of Madness  (Penguin Books)
  • Jane Newling, Missing Christopher, (Allen & Unwin)

Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs, said the Human Rights Awards are an opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate individuals and organisations who work tirelessly to protect and advance human rights in Australia. 

The 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards will be presented at a cocktail-style event to mark International Human Rights Day, 10 December, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney.

There are 10 award categories. These include the Human Rights Medal and the Young People’s Human Rights Medal, the Business Award and the Non-Fiction Literature Award, the Print and Online Media Award, the Radio Award, the Television Award, the Law Award, the Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Award – Individual, and the Community Organisation Award.

Craig Reucassel from The Chaser will MC the Human Rights Awards presentation again this year. Tickets are available online.