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Discounted ticket sales extended for Free and Equal Conference

There is now just one more week to purchase discounted tickets for the Free and Equal: An Australian Conversation on Human Rights conference.

The Commission has extended our early bird 20% discount on conference tickets until Monday 19 August due to popular demand.

We are also excited to announce another speaker who will join this discussion of the future of human rights protections in Australia

Sam Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability advisor across various corporate and not-for-profit organisations.

RightsTalk: from fax machines to social media

Technology is creating new challenges to our rights but it is also a “democratising tool” that can facilitate positive change, says Human Rights Watch’s international executive director Kenneth Roth.

The Australian Human Rights Commission hosted Mr Roth for a public “RightsTalk” in conversation with Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow at the University of Sydney yesterday.

Cyber security, social media and hate speech, the challenges of mass displacement and the rise of populist leaders, were among the issues covered in a wide-ranging discussion.

Rights Talk focuses on violence and healing

In his opening remarks at this week’s Rights Talk about violence and healing, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda, paid his respects to the family of 22-year-old Ms Dhu, who died in August last year after being held at the South Hedland police station in Western Australia for unpaid fines totalling $3,622.

A coronial inquiry this week was told Ms Dhu was taken to the Hedland Health Campus three times during her detention after saying she felt unwell.

However, Ms Dhu’s complaints of ill-health were not properly investigated.

Online shopping can pose risks to children, Commissioner Mitchell warns

Australia’s Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell has called on business to protect and advance the rights of children as consumers in online interactions and transactions.

Commissioner Mitchell will today address the national Rights of the Child Consumer Conference in Sydney and call on business and website operators to clearly explain to children their rights as consumers.

“Engaging with business as consumers has become an inextricable part of children and young people’s social development and cultural participation,” Commissioner Mitchell said.

Rights of the Child Consumer Conference

Children engage with business on a daily basis, selecting and consuming products, downloading apps on their phone, in-app spending, advergaming and even entering into mobile phone contracts.

Marketing to children is big business and this raises serious questions over how the rights of children are protected.

National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell will co-host the Rights of the Child Consumer Conference in November to explore this evolving issue.