Friday 10 February 2017

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Social Justice Commissioner Announced


June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

June Oscar will begin as the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner on April 3.

Ms Oscar, a proud Bunuba woman from Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia, has devoted her career to improving the health and welfare of Indigenous people, particularly those living in remote areas.

“My colleagues and I at the Commission are delighted that, for the first time, an Indigenous woman has been officially appointed to become the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner,” said Commission President, Professor Gillian Triggs.

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OPCAT ratification welcomed


Hands reaching out through prison bars

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the Australian Government’s decision to ratify and implement the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT).

Under OPCAT, Australia will build on its inspection system for places of detention, helping to identify and address detention problems at an early stage.

“I commend the Australian Government on its decision to ratify and implement OPCAT. This is a positive step in protecting the human rights of people in detention,” said Human Rights Commissioner Ed Santow.

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Leaders to hand Redfern Statement to PM


Indigenous Flag

Indigenous leaders from around Australia will converge on Canberra on 14 February to symbolically handover the Redfern Statement to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other parliamentary leaders including Bill Shorten and Richard Di Natale.

The Redfern Statement calls for a new relationship between Australia’s political leadership and the First Peoples of this country.

It focuses on health, employment, housing, education, suicide prevention and prevention of family violence.

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Elder Abuse


Older lady looking out of a window

Age Discrimination Commissioner Dr Kay Patterson wrote an opinion piece for The Australian on elder abuse.

People react with disbelief when I recount examples of elder abuse that I have heard during my consultations.

For example, at one community legal centre I was told about a son moving in to help his father renovate. The son sold the house, delivered his emaciated father to his sister in just the clothes in which he stood, and drove off with the money.

Or the bank teller who was concerned when a regular customer came in with her son, asking to withdraw $50,000.

When the manager asked if she really wanted to withdraw the money, she said her son had told her she wouldn’t see the grandchildren again if she didn’t.



Diversity = business success


Diverse group of people seated, on e-devices

A new report into the benefits of targeting diverse customer groups will be released on Monday, 27 February.

Missing out: The business case for customer diversity will reveal the extent to which businesses are missing out on sales and customer loyalty as buyers become more empowered.

The report was developed in partnership with Deloitte Australia and is supported by Qantas, QBE, SBS and Westpac.


Celebrating International Women’s Day


Join us to celebrate, International Women's Day

On Wednesday 8 March, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins will take part in UN Women Australia’s International Women’s Day Breakfast in Melbourne.

Commissioner Jenkins will join Pakistan National UN Women Ambassador Muniba Mazari and UN Representative Fiji Multi-Country Office Aleta Miller on a panel to discuss gender equality and celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women.

The breakfast will be held from 7am to 9am at the Melbourne Park Convention Centre. Tickets are available until 22 February. Register for the event on UN Women Australia’s website.


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