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6th National Deafblind Conference

Almost every day there seems to be some new development in information and communications technology. Technologies which did not exist a few years ago are now worth many billions of dollars each year in economic activity.

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Commission Commission – General

Freedom to Ride for People with Disabilities

On the 15th October 2002, Commonwealth Government Transport Standards under the Disability Discrimination Act will become law. The standards will require public transport providers throughout Australia to make their vehicles and infrastructure accessible over a 20 year period. The Standards apply to trains, planes, buses, ferries and taxis.

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Disability Disability Rights

1996 Kenneth Jenkins Oration

I am honoured and delighted to be here to deliver the Kenneth Jenkins Oration. My participation continues the involvement of members of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission with this event.

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Race Race Discrimination

Australian Identity

Thank you for the opportunity to speak tonight at your dinner and also on Australia Day. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, the people of the Kulin Nation, and pay my respects to their elders past and present. I would also like to congratulate the Public Policy Network on turning 20 this year and to acknowledge the initial work of Ainsley Kello who was a founding member. Twentieth birthday? So according to The Book of Ages[1], 20 is the age of the young bride?

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Commission Commission – General

2009 Media Release: Failing to address Indigenous hearing health damages lives

As part of the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Hearing Health in Australia, the Australian Race and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, today urged the Australian Government to increase action against the disproportionately high incidence of hearing impairment and deafness among Indigenous peoples.

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Commission Commission – General

Sweeping Ban for Intellectually Disabled Athletes Unfair

Australia's Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Sev Ozdowski, has expressed shock and disappointment at the International Paralympic Committee's decision to suspend all athletes with intellectual disabilities in response to allegations of fraudulent participation in the Spanish team by non-disabled athletes.

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Can rights solve the issue of homelessness?

Homelessness has, I'm sure, been on your agendas for many years. More recently, both Parity and the Rudd federal government (if I can put you both in the same league) has given it a much increased focus. Today, I want to identify the many human rights issues raised in the context of homelessness, and suggest how a human rights framework would help address what is an ever-increasing problem in our society.

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Mornington Peninsula Shire Conference

Firstly I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we stand and by so doing remind ourselves that Australia's cultural traditions stretch back many thousands of years.

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