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Sad loss of Aboriginal Elder (Aunty) Ida West

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Dr Bill Jonas, today expressed sadness at the passing of Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder (Aunty) Ida West, who died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

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There are around 400 million people with disabilities in the Asia and Pacific region. Over 40 per cent of these people are living in poverty. These people are prevented from accessing entitlements that are available to other members of their society such as health, food, education and employment.

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Commission Commission – General

Refugee advocate wins 2003 Human Rights Medal

Refugee and asylum seeker advocate Marion Lê was awarded the 2003 Human Rights Medal at a ceremony in Sydney today for her consistent and effective work in promoting human rights over the last three decades.

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Disability Disability Rights

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Before I commence, on behalf of HREOC, I would like to thank ACE for the opportunity to discuss a national disability employment strategy and importantly the opportunity for multiple perspectives to be presented here today.

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Commission Commission – General

Teaching students to deal with sexual harassment

Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward will introduce a one-day workshop for high school students on how to deal with sexual harassment on 18 September at Unley High School, Adelaide.

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Commission Commission – General

Freedom to Ride for People with Disabilities

New transport Standards under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act became law this week. These Standards will enable people with disabilities, as well as other Australians, to have access to most public transport throughout the country within a maximum 20-year period.

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Commission Commission – General

Detention still no good for children

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission welcomes yesterday's statement from Immigration Minister Mr Philip Ruddock about Federal Government plans to scale down Woomera as an immigration reception and processing centre.

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Commission Commission – General

Paid Maternity Leave — schools to debate equity and family issues of the future

Paid Maternity Leave - Activities on Gender Equality in the Workforce is designed for use by teachers of secondary students. The material draws on comprehension and oral/written composition skills to develop an understanding of gender and the workforce. It includes a fact sheet, a case study, teaching notes, structured activities and a student interview with the Commissioner.

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Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Women in the super network

Thank you for asking me to speak at your lunch time seminar. I have been excited by the prospect - as you may be aware, I am doing two jobs at the moment at the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. One is the job of Privacy Commissioner, my usual job, and the other is acting as the Sex Discrimination Commissioner pending a Government decision about a permanent appointment to that position. Working on these two radically different subject areas is quite fascinating.

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Race Race Discrimination

Keynote speech by Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Helen Szoke at International Year for People of African Descent Conference

I begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, the Dharug nation, and pay respect to their elders past and present. I acknowledge that many people from African nations carry the residual weight of colonial histories – highly familiar territory to many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have repeatedly and urgently called for concrete measures to protect their languages, cultural practices and identities.

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Commission Commission – General

HREOC media release:

Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Sev Ozdowski has welcomed Westpac's commitment to improving access to banking services and employment opportunities for people with a disability.

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Launch Mental Health Brochures & Fact Sheets

Diversity in Health is a conference about health. Multicultural Mental Health Australia is a multicultural health service. Vision Australia deals with issues and needs of people with print disability. What have these services and issues got to do with human rights, and why am I launching them? I'd like to reflect on these questions, and strongly argue that there is a fundamental connection between health and human rights.

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