Welcome to the Commission and thank you all for coming here today, to this forum on Equal Dialogues. Most of us in this room are passionate about multiculturalism, and about human rights. This is why we are here. Most of us in this room are concerned about racism and related forms of discrimination. We don't need persuading about the urgent need to protect human rights, and to understand cultural diversity.
Those appeals, being heard with three other appeals, concern the construction and validity of the "privative clause" which the Federal Government inserted in the Migration Act 1958 late last year.
Today's launch here in Darwin / Alice Springs is part of a national program of launches that I have been undertaking in recent weeks in order to bring issues of human rights significance raised by my latest social justice and native title reports to the attention of Indigenous and other interested communities and organisations. So far, launches have been held in Melbourne, Perth, Broome, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.
Procedures and remedies for dealing with complaints of racial discrimination and vilification: Dr William Jonas
While prevention of racial discrimination, incitement and racial vilification is the priority of both the international scheme to combat racism and domestic policy, victims of racism are not forgotten.
The 2001 Human Rights Medal will be awarded to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to human rights in Australia. Previous medal winners include one of the leading lights of the 1967 referendum movement Faith Bandler, former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser, the late Eddie Mabo, the Hon Elizabeth Evatt and the late Fred Hollows.
2009 Media Release: Will Australia join the rest of the Western world and agree to a national charter of fundamental rights and values?
President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Cathy Branson QC, addresses this question in an audio presentation now part of Australia21’s ‘Next Big Question’ project - which asks Australians what they consider to be the Next Big Question.
Let me begin by acknowledging the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. I pay my respects to their elders past and present, and all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who work tirelessly to reduce domestic violence.
Violence in films, television and video games, child prostitution and pornography, and lack of awareness about the rights of children were key issues raised at a forum on children and young people in Melbourne today.
The Close the Gap Campaign has welcomed release of the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission (NHHRC) Report and its recognition of Indigenous health as a priority issue.
Over the last 12 months, I have been fortunate to meet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians from many corners of this country – Arnhem Land, Darwin, Canberra, Fitzroy Crossing, Redfern, Mackay and many more. Many talented and passionate individuals are driving immense social change for their communities. They are a real inspiration to me.
Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Susan Halliday calls on Australian consumers to speak out against the use of images that demean women to sell products.
2009 Media Release: Reports show way forward for new partnership between government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The federal government should take six major steps over the next 18 months to better protect the human rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and to progress a new agenda for Indigenous affairs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma has said in the Social Justice Report 2008 tabled today.
In reality however rural and regional Australia is a significant employer of Australian women, and the two million women in regional and rural Australia contribute to their local communities and local economies while caring for their families. Certainly the women of Shepparton yesterday did not believe work-life balance was easy in Shepparton.
Human Rights Commissioner Chris Sidoti has applauded proposals for a rural education alliance to promote a fairer deal in education for the nation's children in rural and remote areas.
Thirty photos judged the best of more than 380 entered into the competition, covered a mix of colour and black and white photos embracing the competition’s theme – the same as this year’s official UN Human Rights Day theme - ‘Dignity and justice for all of us,’ in unique approaches to human rights subjects.
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