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Human Rights Day 2019 - Message from Commission President

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Human Rights Day 2019

 

A message from Australian Human Rights Commission President Rosalind Croucher

How we talk to each other matters.

It matters because words are powerful. Words shape our thinking and they inform our actions.

Words are the foundation stone upon which we build our communities.

Submission date extended for the National Conversation - have your say

The Australian Human Rights Commission has extended the date to hear from anyone on the key human rights priorities for Australia into the future.
 
Submissions for the Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights project will be kept open until 29 November 2019.

Thomas Keneally's lecture on Australia’s race relations legacy

This year’s Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture was given by award-winning author Thomas Keneally AO, one of Australia's best known and most prolific writers and an Ambassador for the Asylum Seeker Centre.

The lecture, entitled ‘The Moveable Feast – Australia and race hate as experienced in the lifetime as an observer’ explored the history of race relations in Australia as seen through the author’s eyes over the last several decades.

Sixth annual Australian Dialogue on Business and Human Rights to focus on Asia-Pacific

The human rights challenges and opportunities facing business in the Asia-Pacific region were the focus of the 6th annual Australian Dialogue on Business and Human Rights held in Melbourne today.

More than 130 leaders from Australian businesses, academic institutions, investors, civil society and government gathered for the Dialogue, which was convened by the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Global Compact Network Australia.

Major human rights conference today in Sydney

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Her Excellency Dr Michelle Bachelet AC, is in Sydney today to attend the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Free and Equal; A National Conversation on Human Rights

Dr Bachelet will deliver the keynote address at the conference. Her speech will focus on Australia’s human rights achievements and challenges, as well as our sphere of influence in the Asia-Pacific and globally. 

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Sydney

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Her Excellency Dr Michelle Bachelet AC, is in Sydney today to attend the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Free and Equal; A National Conversation on Human Rights

Dr Bachelet will deliver the keynote address at the conference. Her speech will focus on Australia’s human rights achievements and challenges, as well as our sphere of influence in the Asia-Pacific and globally. 

Submission on the draft Religious Discrimination Bill

The Australian Human Rights Commission supports reform to improve protections against religious discrimination for all people in Australia. 

While supporting much of the draft Religious Discrimination Bill, the Commission urges that the Bill be amended to avoid limiting other human rights and overriding existing anti-discrimination laws.

“The Commission has advocated for more than 20 years for a Bill to protect against religious discrimination,” said Commission President Rosalind Croucher.