Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Soutphommasane

Setting the record straight: complaints and the Racial Discrimination Act

Informing people about their right to lodge a complaint if they believe they have experienced racial hatred is a responsibility of the Race Discrimination Commissioner, under the Racial Discrimination Act.Responding to recent articles in The...
Monday 20 March 2017
Gillian Triggs and Commission legal officer at Senate Inquiry

Racial vilification laws protect those who are silenced by hate speech

Parliament’s human rights committee has spent the past four months examining Australia’s laws against racial vilification.  It travelled to every capital city and heard stories of how racism impacts on the lives of everyday Australians.Leaders of...
Thursday 9 March 2017
Gillian Triggs and Commission legal officer at Senate Inquiry

Statement on freedom of speech inquiry

The Commission welcomes the release of the freedom of expression report by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.We welcome the Committee’s recommendation to support, strengthen and develop education programs that address racism in...
Tuesday 28 February 2017
Gillian Triggs at Free Speech Inquiry - image courtesy APH

Commission reveals details of 18c complaints

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the details of both the QUT and Bill Leak complaints  under the Racial Discrimination Act.Below is an excerpt from the statement provided by Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs to the...
Tuesday 21 February 2017
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RDA facts: setting the record straight

“Public debate about the Racial Discrimination Act is unlikely to abate any time soon. But we hope discussion of the Act is based on an accurate understanding of what it means and how it operates. And we hope our society will remain committed to...
Tuesday 7 February 2017

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