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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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Commission Commission – General

President speech: The role of culture and human rights in promoting human development

[1] According to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) – or living heritage – is the mainspring of our cultural diversity and its maintenance a guarantee for continuing creativity. It is defined as follows: Intangible Cultural Heritage means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage.

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Disability Disability Rights

1996 Kenneth Jenkins Oration

I am honoured and delighted to be here to deliver the Kenneth Jenkins Oration. My participation continues the involvement of members of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission with this event.

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Commission Commission – General

In defence of human rights

I would like to acknowledge that we are meeting on the traditional country of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and pay my respects to their elders past and present.

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Race Race Discrimination

Australian Identity

Thank you for the opportunity to speak tonight at your dinner and also on Australia Day. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land, the people of the Kulin Nation, and pay my respects to their elders past and present. I would also like to congratulate the Public Policy Network on turning 20 this year and to acknowledge the initial work of Ainsley Kello who was a founding member. Twentieth birthday? So according to The Book of Ages[1], 20 is the age of the young bride?

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Commission Commission – General

2009 Media Release: Failing to address Indigenous hearing health damages lives

As part of the Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Hearing Health in Australia, the Australian Race and Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, today urged the Australian Government to increase action against the disproportionately high incidence of hearing impairment and deafness among Indigenous peoples.

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Commission Commission – General

Launch of Captioned Movies in Australia

Open captioned movies will officially start screening in Australia tonight at a launch that is expected to attract 400 people - including representatives of the 1.7 million deaf and hearing-impaired Australians, celebrities, politicians and representatives of the motion picture industry.

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Commission Commission – General

2009 Media Release: Board diversity solutions need to go further

Although the Diversity on Boards of Directors report, released today, is useful in furthering discussion about the lack of female representation in leadership in the private sector, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, said she is concerned a number of the suggestions in the report have already been tried, and have failed to deliver a better gender mix on Boards.

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Commission Commission – General

West Australians to talk about Racism

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission will be in Western Australia this week for public meetings about racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

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Commission Commission – General

2009 Media Release: Sorry Day still highlights need for ongoing efforts 

The power and meaning embodied in this year’s National Sorry Day should motivate us to maintain our national efforts to achieve healing for members of the Stolen Generations and their families and to make headway in developing a national compensation scheme, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma said today.

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Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Beyond Wei Tang: Do Australia’s human trafficking laws fully reflect Australia’s international human rights obligations? (2009)

I would like to pay my respects to the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet today and acknowledge the wonderful work of Julie and Sue for bringing together the distinguished judges, prosecutors, academics, government departments and others working for justice for trafficking victims at this important conference today.

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Commission Commission – General

Far from 'Bringing them Home'

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee Inquiry into the Stolen Generation

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