Hands reaching out through prison bars

OPCAT: improving conditions of detention

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the Australian Government’s decision to ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).Under OPCAT,...
Thursday 9 February 2017

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
Older lady looking out of a window

Kay Patterson on elder abuse

People react with disbelief when I recount examples of elder abuse that I have heard during my consultations.
Monday 6 February 2017
a girl raised out the palm of her hand covering half her face, signalling to stop

A national system for domestic and family violence death review

The Australian Human Rights Commission today released a report arguing that Australia should establish mechanisms to improve the collection of nation wide data on patterns and trends in domestic and family violence homicides.In launching the report...
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Marriage equality

Human Rights Commissioner addresses marriage inquiry

The Australian Human Rights Commission has reiterated its support for a proposed Bill to expand the legal definition of marriage.Speaking at a public hearing into the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same Sex) Bill, Human Rights...
Tuesday 24 January 2017