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Commission Commission – General

Statement on Senator Ridgeway

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, today paid tribute to Senator Aden Ridgeway for his contribution to Indigenous Affairs in his time as Senator for New South Wales.

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Commission Commission – General

Statement on proposals for welfare reform for Indigenous Australians

There has been substantial comment in recent days about reforming the welfare system as it applies to Indigenous peoples and linking welfare payments to behavioural change. I am concerned that this debate should take place in a manner that fully respects the human rights of Indigenous peoples and that is non-discriminatory.

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Amongst all this expertise, it is fair to ask why is the President of the national human rights commission – and particularly a President who has only fairly recently commenced in this role - here presenting the keynote speech to such a conference?

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Commission Commission – General

2004 HUMAN RIGHTS MEDAL AND AWARDS - THE WINNERS

Winners of the 2004 Human Rights Medal and Awards were announced today (International Human Rights Day) at a luncheon in Sydney. Seven independent panels of judges decided the winners and highly commended from a field of 136 high quality entries - covering issues including Indigenous employment and Indigenous rights, female prisoners, refugees and asylum seekers (including children in immigration detention), mental health and people trafficking.

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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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Disability Disability Rights

Innes: Special Education Leaders Conference

I'd also like to acknowledge, as I have done at similar conferences previously, what I have owed personally to people in education in NSW. Education with the support of many great education professionals together with support from family and friends to achieve my goals is why I am in the position I hold now. I compare that to the position of many blind and vision impaired people, facing over 80 per cent rates of unemployment or underemployment.

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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

Advancing human rights of children and young people with disabilities

I was around as head of the then Disability Advisory Council of Australia back in the late 80s and early 90s when ACROD and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission worked together on a discussion paper and consultation process to identify and pursue areas of increased need for human rights protection for people with disabilities.

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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

Notes for presentation to Productivity Commission DDA review

Thank you for the opportunity to be here today. Can I begin by apologising for the Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Sev Ozdowski. Sev has been following this inquiry very closely but had arranged to be away this week before the schedule for these hearings was settled.

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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

A DDA STANDARD - WHAT IS FAIR

This law applies in all areas of public life, and specifically access to public premises. This means that premises and related facilities should not impede the use in any way by people with disabilities.

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Commission Commission – General

President Speech: Mandatory immigration detention of children in Australia: how far have we come and where to from here? (2010)

I knew Brad well and admired him a great deal. We met when he joined the Crown Solicitor’s Office and we worked closely together in that office for a number of years. He was appointed Crown Solicitor of South Australia when I left that position to practice at the private Bar. He was subsequently appointed Solicitor-General of South Australia, the office from which, I believe, he made his greatest contribution to Australian public law.

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