It is time for us to talk about the Australia that we want to live in, and how we want our rights and freedoms protected. There are great opportunities ahead for human rights protection in Australia, but also great challenges. How do we balance competing rights in a complex legal landscape? How do we keep improving protections for vulnerable Australians? How do we find common ground on human rights in a diverse Australia?
The Free and Equal conference is the centrepiece of a national conversation and once-in-a-decade event. It will take stock of themes emerging from Australian voices and allow us to hear from human rights experts, industry and community leaders on how we can advance human rights into the 21st Century.
The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Sydney on Tuesday October 8.
This conference is the centrepiece of our major project for 2019-2020 where we aim to host an Australian conversation on human rights. We invite you to take part in this national conversation and have your say on the Australia that you want to live in. Purchase your ticket now to take part in the conference and hear from experts on themes emerging from Australian voices.
It is your last change to take part in the submissions process – which closes on 30 August 2019. Provide a written submission and let us know what human rights matter to you and how respect for human rights can improve your life and make our communities stronger.
Dr Michelle Bachelet
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM
President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
Professor George Williams AO
Dean of UNSW Law
Reporter, TODAY Show
Professor Mick Dodson
Northern Territory Treaty Commissioner
Former Socceroo, Broadcaster, Sport and Human Rights Advocate
Award winning human rights advocate and lawyer
Non-Executive Director and Sustainability Advisor
Cathy McGowan AO
Former Independent MP, women’s rights advocate and community worker
The Hon Catherine Branson AC QC
Chair of the Board of the Human Rights Law Centre and Deputy Chancellor of The University of Adelaide
The Hon Susan Ryan AO
Former Age Discrimination and Disability Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission and freelance advocate for the rights of older people
ABC Producer, Access and Inclusion Coordinator Arena Theatre
Founder of Tiddas 4 Tiddas
Media Spokesperson, School Strike 4 Climate Action
Artist and advocate
CEO of Keep Talking NT
Partitions, roadblocks, and glass ceilings
What’s next for Indigenous rights in the 21st Century?
The accessibility of human rights
- Can we access the protections we have in practice?
- And what do we need to do to make sure everyone can?