This is a rare event for the Human Rights Commission - a media conference convened by the President with other Commissioners. I can recall it occurring only once before in the Commission's history. The fact that we are doing this today reflects the seriousness of the issue we are discussing.
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission was granted leave to intervene by the High Court today in a matter relating to the constitutional limits on the powers to detain children under the Migration Act 1958 (Cth).
My congratulations to the organisers for organising this forum and opportunity to discuss a potential mechanism to protect the rights of people with mental illness and enhance the delivery of mental health care.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Dr William Jonas AM, today called on the federal government to recommit to the reconciliation process and to achieving real improvements in the lives of Indigenous peoples.
We would like to begin by emphasising the limited role of discrimination law - that is, we agree to some extent with comments by ACCI that equality cannot be achieved solely by providing stronger antidiscrimination legal provisions.
I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, and pay my respects to their elders past and present.
Many Australians regard ANZAC Day as an opportunity to honour those who made such tremendous sacrifices in war to protect the freedoms we enjoy to this day.
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