The Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) project so far...

The following opinion piece by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar appeared on ABC Online on May 24, 2018Next month, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians will celebrate NAIDOC week — with the...
Thursday 24 May 2018
Ms June Oscar AO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

Time for some home truths about sexual harassment

The following opinion piece by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins was published in the Age newspaper on May 3, 2018It’s time for some home truths about how we are talking about and dealing with sexual harassment cases.We need to stop...
Friday 4 May 2018
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Letter to the editor

Miranda Devine (Opinion, 18 April) suggests that migrants must, out of gratitude to this country, stay quiet about racism. This is disappointing. It implies people must put up and shut up.Rejecting racism does not amount to being unpatriotic. It's...
Thursday 19 April 2018
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Letter to the editor

Judith Sloan (Opinion, 17 April) questions the methodology of our Leading for Change report on cultural diversity and leadership.The methodology used in the report is consistent with academic and industry studies of cultural background, as well as...
Wednesday 18 April 2018
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Australian leadership falls short on cultural diversity

If you want to see what Australia’s multicultural success looks like, go to a high school prize night in one of our major cities. Chances are you’ll see children of migrants dominating the prize-winners.It’s not just anecdotal observation. Just last...
Wednesday 11 April 2018
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

25 years of the Disability Discrimination Act

It was 25 years ago this month that the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) (the ‘DDA’) commenced operation.On 1 March 1993, Australians with a dis¬ability had a national law that was designed to provide them with equality in many areas of life...
Thursday 8 March 2018
Mr Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner

The torch has been lit but abusers are still out there

The Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins provided the following opinion piece to mark International Women's Day. It was published by the Herald Sun on March 7, 2018;International Women's Day has been observed for more than 100 years. The day...
Wednesday 7 March 2018
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Chinese-influence debate must avoid racism

There are an estimated 1.2 million people living in Australia who have Chinese ancestry (of which I am one). Many would agree that old prejudices against Chinese have largely given way to general acceptance of Chinese-Australians.Yet, ongoing...
Thursday 1 March 2018
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

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
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

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
Mr Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner

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