I think it's always good manners to make this acknowledgment. But at a Deaf community event it's also an important reminder that the rate of deafness and hearing impairment in some indigenous communities - over 30% - is even higher than it is throughout the community as a whole.
An evocative and hauntingly produced piece of radio by ABC Radio National’s Lea Redfern and Phillip Ulman titled ‘The place you cannot imagine: a family and detention in Australia’ has won this year’s Human Rights Radio Award.
Allow me to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we stand [the Nyoongar people] and pay my respects to their elders both past and present.
The NSW Coroner's report into the death of Puongtong Simaplee in Villawood Detention Centre on 26 September 2001, confirms human rights concerns about the treatment of women who are trafficked in Australia, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward and Human Rights Commissioner Sev Ozdowski said today.
I also acknowledge ACROD Chief Executive Ken Baker; my fellow editorial advisory board members; Felicity Purdy, who I am delighted to see being recognised this evening with life membership; other distinguished guests, and all of you my fellow Australians.
Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Sev Ozdowski today congratulated the Australian Bankers' Association (ABA) on the release of new banking industry standards for e-commerce.
I am delighted to have been invited to speak to you tonight on the Eve of International Women's Day, as so many of you are at the eve of being women yourselves, whether international or not. I can tell you, from my own experience, that being a woman kind of creeps up on you: one minute you're a girl, or an adolescent (whatever that may really be), and the next you are a woman!
The Commissioner has a continuing role in monitoring the conditions in detention centres and the processes for dealing with unauthorised arrivals. Detainees can also make complaints to the Commission under the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act if they believe their human rights have been breached.
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.
"Women are an integral part of the Australian workforce. While significant progress has been made to remove systemic discrimination in the labour force, women continue to suffer disadvantage because of their responsibility for bearing and caring for children"
In his speech at the FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia) 2009 Biennial Conference in Victoria today, federal Race Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, calls for racial equality to be put firmly back on the national agenda.
As the national Race Discrimination Commissioner, I have the specific role of promoting and monitoring compliance with the Federal Racial Discrimination Act.
On 29 November and 4 December 2001 the Commission received complaints from concerned residents of Christmas Island about the conditions of detention of asylum seekers detained on Christmas Island and in particular those detainees housed in the Sports Hall.
2009 Media Release: World Indigenous Day the perfect time to honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be the central players in developing policies that affect them, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma said today, ahead of International Day of the World’s Indigenous People this Sunday, (9 August).
Good afternoon distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is my great pleasure to be speaking at this side event as a representative of the Australian Government Delegation to the UN Commission on Status of Women 56th session.
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