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Indigenous Property Rights

Introduction Thank you Donna Ingram for that wonderful welcome to country. I want to pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and pay respect to the elders past and present. Thank you to KPMG for hosting us today, and particularly to...

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Introduction of the Religious Freedom Roundtable

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner Australian Human Rights Commission Level 3, 175 Pitt Street Sydney NSW 2000 Thursday 5 November 2015 Introduction Thank you. Thank you to the Attorney-General for his presence this morning. I know he has to run because he has commitments in Canberra, but I...

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Religion, Law and Social Stability

Speech: ‘Religion, Law and Social Stability’ Tim Wilson Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner 22 nd Annual International Law and Religion Symposium Brigham Young University Provo, Utah, USA Monday 5 October 2015 Thank you. I’d like to thank Brigham Young University for inviting me to attend and...

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Religious Freedom in a Secular Society

Introduction Thank you for your kind introduction. It is a great pleasure to have been invited to speak on one my favourite topics: the importance of religious freedom. While not being of faith myself, I believe strongly in the importance of religious freedom and the role it plays in guiding the...

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Affordable Housing: a fresh lens

Speech: ‘Affordable Housing: a fresh lens’ Tim Wilson Human Rights Commissioner Australian Human Rights Commission University of NSW 10 June 2015 Thank you. I’d like to extend a special thanks to Tim Horton for organising this discussion. If I am not mistaken this discussion commenced after my...

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

The Legacy of the Magna Carta – 800 Years On

The Legacy of the Magna Carta – 800 Years On Tim Wilson Human Rights Commissioner Australian Human Rights Commission The Sydney Institute 9 June 2015 Introduction Thank you. It is a great pleasure to be here at the Sydney Institute to speak on the enduring relevance of Magna Carta. Magna Carta’s...

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Introductory Speech, Indigenous Leader's Roundtable

I want to pay respect to the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Yawuru people, and pay respect to the elders past and present. To Pat Dodson, I want to thank you for your Welcome to Country, and for having all of us on your country. It really is an honour and privilege to be on...

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Identity LGBTI

Launch of the LGBTI University Guide

It is a great pleasure to launch the Australian Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) University Guide: the first of its kind in Australia. In the absence of a formal Commissioner for sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex (SOGII) status it is one of the continuing joys...

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Speech to launch ‘Liberty, Equality & Democracy’

Thank you. It is a great pleasure to have been invited to write a foreword to Chris Berg’s new book ‘Liberty, Equality and Democracy’, and to say a few words to officially launch it this evening. Chris is, of course, well-known to all of you through his work at the Institute of Public Affairs and as...

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Speech to the Australian Libertarian Society’s 3rd annual Friedman conference

Introduction Thank you. It is a great pleasure to attend the Australian Libertarian Society’s Third Friedman Conference. I’d like to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of Tim Andrews and John Humphrey for bringing this important conference together. I’d also like to acknowledge the previous speaker...

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Remarks at the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide

Thank you for the opportunity to make a few brief comments on this historic day. As an Australian with Armenian background, a heritage I am enormously proud of, I share with many people in the room the spirit of solemn remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. A few years ago I...

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Launch of the Rights & Responsibilities Consultation 2014 Report

Thank you for coming. It's a great pleasure to launch the report from our Rights and Responsibilities Consultation . Like my Commissioner colleagues, the role of Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner is to look at systemic public policy issues. No Commissioner investigates complaints from the public...

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Beyond human rights to exercising freedoms

National Press Club Wednesday, 18 th February 2015 CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Introduction Thank you. Acknowledgement I’d like to acknowledge Ngunnawal people’s enduring cultural connection to the land we meet on today. Why freedom matters Sitting behind infringements of human rights are human stories....

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Rights and Responsibilities 2014

Thank you all of you for coming today and participating in this Rights and Responsibilities 2014 consultation. As many of you will be aware, I was appointed as Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner in February this year. There are currently seven Commissioners at the Commission, which includes the...

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