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Commission Commission – General

Issues Affecting Behaviour in the Workplace

I would like to begin by thanking the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) for inviting me to address you today, and thank Margaret Boylan (Regional Director, APS Commission, SA/NT) for her warm welcome.

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Commission Commission – General

Passing of Aboriginal rights champion

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Dr Bill Jonas, today expressed sadness at the death of former federal minister, the Honourable W.C. Wentworth AO, who championed Aboriginal people’s rights throughout his long and distinguished political career.

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Disability Disability Rights

Deafness Forum Captioning Awards - Presentation of award for Free to air TV

Over the past year, the Human Rights Commission has enjoyed a very productive relationship with Deafness Forum and other groups, including the Australian Association of the Deaf, and Media Access Australia . We've worked on a number of projects: TV, DVD and Cinema captioning, as well as the UN Convention on the Rights of people with Disability.

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Disability Disability Rights

Mental Health, Social Inclusion and Citizenship Awards

Thank you for the opportunity to speak today. It is honour to be here today to help recognise the people who try to make a difference to some of the most vulnerable and marginalised people in our community.

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Commission Commission – General

Statement: Professor Alice Tay, President of HREOC

On her last day as President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Professor Alice Tay welcomed the Report of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee into the provisions of the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Bill 2003.

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Disability Disability Rights

Enabling access

I also acknowledge distinguished guests, representatives of State and local government, members of access advisory committees, and my colleague Mr Mike Taggart who has been a central figure in the achievement we celebrate today.

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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

Initiatives to achieve better access to the built environment

As you know, the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act, and equivalent laws in all States, make it unlawful to discriminate on the ground of a person's disability. One of the areas covered by the Act is access to premises. The only exception to this is where a building is already constructed not providing access, and alteration to provide access would cause unjustifiable hardship.

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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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Race Race Discrimination

Speech: Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Indigenous Rights

I also would like to acknowledge the presence of Aunty Ruth Link and Mr Fraser Power the President of the Multicultural Development Association, distinguished guests and all of my Indigenous Aunties and Uncles, brothers and sisters here today.

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Commission Commission – General

Launch of Captioned Movies in Australia

Open captioned movies will officially start screening in Australia tonight at a launch that is expected to attract 400 people - including representatives of the 1.7 million deaf and hearing-impaired Australians, celebrities, politicians and representatives of the motion picture industry.

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Commission Commission – General

2009 Media Release: Board diversity solutions need to go further

Although the Diversity on Boards of Directors report, released today, is useful in furthering discussion about the lack of female representation in leadership in the private sector, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, said she is concerned a number of the suggestions in the report have already been tried, and have failed to deliver a better gender mix on Boards.

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