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Civil and Political Rights

Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights

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Throughout this year, we will be talking with people nationally to identify what makes an effective system of human rights protection for 21st century Australia?

Concerns over AFP raids on journalists

The Australian Human Rights Commission has serious concerns about the raids conducted by the Australian Federal Police this week on the home and offices of a number of journalists.
Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher and Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow said the journalists involved in these raids were reporting on important issues that go to the heart of our liberal democracy.  

Law, Lawyers and Human Rights

Law Week Breakfast
Law Society of Western Australia

Perth, 13 May 2019

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM,
President, Australian Human Rights Commission


Thanks to Greg McIntyre SC, President of the Law Society of Western Australia, for the wonderful invitation to speak at the opening of Law Week in Perth.  

Commission to develop practical resources on protecting freedom of religion in the workplace

The Australian Human Rights Commission will develop resources to help employers and employees navigate issues on protecting freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the workplace.

The Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow will lead this work, preparing guidance on how this right is currently protected under federal anti-discrimination law as well as some practical advice on how to handle these issues respectfully in Australian workplaces.

Jessie Street Trust Lunch

Friday 31 May, 2019

2019 Speaker: Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane is Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) at the University of Sydney. He is a political theorist and human rights advocate. From 2013 to 2018 he was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain.

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Website update

The Commission has moved to a new website with an updated design.

Our intention is that it’s modern, visually engaging and user-friendly.  The design is also reasonably minimalist in order to make it mobile-friendly.

This is important because all websites are increasingly being accessed via mobile devices rather than personal computers.

Navigation around the site has been simplified, with large buttons to point users in the right direction.

For those familiar with the previous website, it might take a little bit of getting used to.

40+ years of conciliation

The Australian Human Rights Commission and Conciliation—a 40+ year success story, but ….

National Mediation Conference

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM

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Commission calls for public submissions

The Commission has announced the details of its national consultation process to develop a human rights reform agenda for the next decade.

The Commission has released an issues paper for ‘Free and Equal’: An Australian conversation on human rights and has called for public submissions.

Australian Human Rights Commission 30th anniversary

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A special video about 30 years of the Australian Human Rights Commission, which has been working in the community to advance human rights for everyone, everywhere, every day.

Human Rights Awards 2018

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The Honourable Justice Peter McClellan AM and Chrissie Foster have won the prestigious 2018 Human Rights Medal for their enormous contribution to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Young People’s Human Rights Medal went to Saxon Mullins, who received a standing ovation. Saxon told her story of sexual assault on national television and highlighted the need for legal reforms. Her bravery led to a review of sexual assault laws in New South Wales.