Two Aboriginal girls

Close the Gap calls for urgent joint action to address national shame

Australian governments must join forces with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations to urgently address the national shame of a widening life expectancy gap for our nation’s First Peoples.The Close the Gap campaign will today release a...
Thursday 8 February 2018
Ros & June Bringing them Home

New website to continue educating Australians about the Stolen Generations

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO hopes a new interactive website about the Stolen Generations will be a critical resource in classrooms around the country.Commissioner Oscar said the Bringing them...
Monday 8 January 2018

The year's creeping tide of racism

Was 2017 the year of the white supremacist? A friend put this to me recently.My answer is No. It would be indulgent despair to declare we’ve lost to racism. We haven’t. And we shouldn’t think we have.But I admit: there has been something about 2017...
Sunday 31 December 2017

The Twelve Days of Disability Rights

You know Christmas is soon coming when shops and malls put up Christmas decorations.  You know Christmas is near when people start talking about what they’re doing over the holiday break.  And you know it’s the festive season when Christmas carols...
Friday 22 December 2017
A photo of Yonga Hill Immigration Detention Centre

Commission releases Villawood and Yongah Hill inspection reports

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released the findings of its inspections of the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre (VIDC) and the Yongah Hill Immigration Detention Centre (YHIDC).The inspections revealed significant differences in...
Wednesday 20 December 2017
University Response Audit

Report card on Australian University responses to Change the course

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released a report card on the steps universities have taken to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults.The landmark Change the course report released in August 2017 found one in five (21%) students...
Tuesday 19 December 2017
a girl sitting by the window in black and white

Reason to be hopeful about changes in attitudes on sexual harassment

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins says she hopes the recent shining of light on sexual harassment signifies the beginning of the end of a culture which both permits these behaviours to occur and prevents victims from speaking out....
Friday 15 December 2017
Photo of children holding hands

We must act on lessons of Royal Commission

The Australian Human Rights Commission acknowledges the survivors, witnesses and families who contributed to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and calls on all Australian governments to implement its final...
Friday 15 December 2017
Image of person in a prison cell

Australia ratifies major anti-torture treaty OPCAT

Australia has taken the final step necessary to ratify and implement a major international treaty that combats torture and other forms of mistreatment. This is an opportunity to protect the rights of people who are detained in Australia for...
Friday 15 December 2017

Sexual Harassment - Safer Workplaces

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins delivered the keynote address at the Women in Film and TV NSW - Safer Workplaces Strategies forum.Good morning everyone. I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on...
Thursday 14 December 2017

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