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Commission Commission – General

Articles on sex trafficking a standout winner

A series of articles on the sex trafficking trade in Australia by Natalie O’Brien and Elizabeth Wynhausen from The Australian newspaper has been described by judges as ‘a standout winner’ in this year’s Human Rights Print Media Award.

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Disability Disability Rights

Launch: Not for Service

In such company my role as Human Rights Commissioner is not to speak as an expert on mental health, but to emphasise the human rights dimensions of the way that we as a nation respond to mental health issues.

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Commission Commission – General

Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Pru Goward's response to the Federal Budget

The Government's decision not to support working families with any form of national paid maternity leave is sadly disappointing for Australia's working families. It especially fails to take account of the need for Australian women to recover from child birth and nurture their children without financial pressure.

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Disability Disability Rights

Presentation to Web Content and Performance Management Conference

Good morning everyone. I'm actually thinking of developing a theory of corporate management based on reactions to that introduction. For example, when I say good morning to first year university students, they echo "good morning" back to me; when I say good morning to politicians, they remain silent, lest they be misquoted; when I say good morning to management consultants, they write it down; and when I say good morning to web content strategists, they hurry off to turn it into a inaccessible bitmap image.

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

UNAA National Action Plan Forum

As my 5 year period as Human Rights Commissioner draws to a close it is fitting that book-ending my stewardship have been projects involving Australia’s young people. It is of course a truism to say that the future of human rights in this country depends on the next generation; but that doesn’t mean it is not worth repeating. And I can reliably report that, paraphrasing Mark Twain, reports of the death of human rights amongst our young people are much exaggerated.

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