Edward Santow

Religious Freedom announcement

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) welcomes the release of the Religious Freedom Review.The Commission looks forward to assessing any legislative proposals when they are released in order to ensure that they appropriately balance human...
Thursday 13 December 2018
Rosalind Croucher

2018 Human Rights Awards

14 December 2018Westin Hotel, Sydney(Check against delivery)[Thank you for your warm welcome to country]I begin by paying my respects to the Gadigal people of the Eora nation— to their elders, past and present, and to the future generations; and I...
Thursday 13 December 2018

Turning the tide on Indigenous children in out of home care

Child protection intervention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families across the country is at crisis point.Women are telling me it’s like another stolen generation and as I travel across Australia hearing their stories, it certainly does...
Wednesday 12 December 2018
Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) session in Rockhampton, Queensland

Elevating the voices of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander women &...

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO has finished her national consultations with First Nations women and girls for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project.Commissioner Oscar’s final sessions...
Wednesday 12 December 2018
Human Rights Day Oration

Measuring success, one year since the Northern Territory Royal Commission

The Hon Margaret White AO and Mick Gooda delivered the Human Rights Day Oration in Sydney last night, to mark the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.The event also marked one year since the Royal Commission into the Protection...
Tuesday 11 December 2018
David Woodroffe receiving the 2017 Law Award with Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow and Commission President Rosalind Croucher; photographed by Matt Syers

Lawyer urges justice diversion for Indigenous youth

By Siobhan Ryan David Woodroffe, Principal Legal Officer for the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), says diverting Aboriginal children away from the criminal justice system must be the priority of Northern Territory legal reform....
Tuesday 11 December 2018

Sexual harassment - "just part of the job"

It has been a significant month for gender equality, particularly in Victoria, where I have just conducted consultations for the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.For the first time in history the State Government...
Friday 7 December 2018
Human Rights and Technology

Encryption law fails on rights

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow warns significant threats to human rights remain despite some improvements to Australia’s encryption law.“Police and security agencies must be equipped with robust powers to protect our national security....
Friday 7 December 2018
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Guidelines for special measures: Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth)

The Australian Human Rights Commission has published refreshed guidelines for the use of special measures under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth).Special measures are positive actions used to promote equality for disadvantaged groups, which are...
Thursday 6 December 2018
Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan

Race Discrimination Commissioner wants national conversation about hate,...

I’ll start by acknowledging that we are gathered this evening on Dharawal country, and I pay my respects to the First Peoples of this land, and elders past, present and emerging.May I thank the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra for the...
Thursday 6 December 2018

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