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I am very pleased to have been asked to open the 9th Conference of the International Student Advisers Network of Australia (ISANA). I am pleased to welcome those who come from abroad, to exchange ideas and thoughts with a variety of people and across a range of disciplines and institutions.

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Commission Commission – General

2009 Media Release: United we stand – Support for United Nations Indigenous Rights Declaration a watershed moment for Australia

This morning’s formal support from the Australian Government for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is likely to go down in history as a watershed moment in Australia’s relationship with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma said today.

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Aboriginal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

An Indigenous home for Indigenous children

To all of you who work with and for Indigenous children and families - my deepest congratulations. Many of you have spent years decrying the treatment of Indigenous children.You have written and spoken, cajoled and attempted to convince and then lobbied some more - just trying to get the people of this country to open their eyes. Your energy has been boundless. Your patience infinite.

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HREOC media release: It's a Guide Dog Mate

Taxi drivers around Australia are dropping the ball when it comes to transporting blind passengers, Commissioner responsible for Disability Discrimination Graeme Innes will tell the Australian Taxi Industry Association Conference in Adelaide today.

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Commission Commission – General

Statement on ATSIC

The announcement by the federal Government that it intends to abolish the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) scapegoats it for the failures of successive Australian governments. The government’s announcement reveal no plans for addressing the crisis in Indigenous communities and will further disempower Indigenous peoples, while further reducing the level of scrutiny of the government’s performance on Indigenous issues from the eyes of the nation.

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PRISON BROADCAST WINS RADIO AWARD

Juliet Fox and Kutcha Edwards of Melbourne community radio station 3CR won the award for Beyond the Bars: Out and Blak, a six-hour broadcast from within the Port Phillip prison in Laverton and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre in Deer Park, Victoria.

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Disability Disability Rights

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There are around 400 million people with disabilities in the Asia and Pacific region. Over 40 per cent of these people are living in poverty. These people are prevented from accessing entitlements that are available to other members of their society such as health, food, education and employment.

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Commission Commission – General

Incarceration rates for Indigenous Women a National Shame

Indigenous women live in 'a landscape of risk' and as a nation we should be ashamed that we have not addressed this urgent problem, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Dr Bill Jonas said today.

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Disability Disability Rights

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Before I commence, on behalf of HREOC, I would like to thank ACE for the opportunity to discuss a national disability employment strategy and importantly the opportunity for multiple perspectives to be presented here today.

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