Not just Hollywood problem: 1 in 4 Australian women have been sexually harassed...

Over the past year, I have spoken with many women who have told me their personal accounts of being harassed in the workplace.I spoke to one hospital worker who was sexually harassed by a male patient, who indecently exposed himself to her. Instead...
Monday 16 October 2017
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Respect is essential to debates in civilised Australia society

We can all have our say within the bounds of lawRespect is the essence of a civil society. It is the cornerstone of human rights - the "active voice" of dignity that links all the international conventions to which Australia has committed.Respect is...
Friday 6 October 2017
Rosalind Croucher AM, President

Stopping racism is everyone's responsibility

Racism can get ugly. Think of the incidents of racist abuse on public transport that frequently attract media coverage.It's an unpleasant experience to witness racist vitriol or confrontation. It's even worse when you're on the receiving end of it....
Thursday 5 October 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

How to respond to the upswing in racism

Where does hatred come from? And how must we respond? These are questions many have been asking during the past week.
Wednesday 23 August 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Setting the record straight: Change the Course

Last week, the Australian Human Rights Commission released a landmark report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.The Change the course report came after years of work by students groups, advocates and journalists to...
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Hanson's comments remind us we still have a long way to go

As Disability Discrimination Commissioner, it is my job to promote and protect the rights of people with disability. So when a person who has been elected to represent the concerns and aspirations of the Australian people uses the floor of...
Saturday 24 June 2017
Mr Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner

We need to do more to protect our kids online

One unintended consequence of the explosion of digital technology is the proliferation of online child exploitation material – and increased opportunities for child sex offenders to connect with other offenders.This is the central finding of Anti-...
Thursday 25 May 2017
Megan Mitchell, Children's Commissioner

Racial vilification laws protect those who are silenced by hate speech

Parliament’s human rights committee has spent the past four months examining Australia’s laws against racial vilification.  It travelled to every capital city and heard stories of how racism impacts on the lives of everyday Australians.Leaders of...
Thursday 9 March 2017
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

Protecting refugees

As recent reports allege asylum seekers are being removed from Manus Island and returned to their place of origin, Commission President, Prrofessor Gillian Triggs, reflects on the nation's responsibilities.
Monday 13 February 2017
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

OPCAT could revolutionise Australia's treatment of detainees

The federal government has announced it will ratify and implement the OPCAT treaty . Few people will have heard of OPCAT (Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture). It creates no new legal rights. Yet it could be the single most positive...
Monday 13 February 2017
Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner