Since taking office in July 2004, I find myself as the sole independent statutory watchdog on Indigenous affairs in Australia. And what a roller coaster ride it’s been trying to keep track of the constant shifts in policy as new Ministers seek to...
Wednesday 15 August 2007
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) has welcomed the Australian Government’s announcements to act to protect the rights of Indigenous women and children in the Northern Territory and urges it to adopt an approach that is...
Sunday 8 July 2007
There have been some improvements in recent years, but there’s a long way to go. Indigenous peoples make gains but they are often smaller than those made by the non-Indigenous population - so the disparity in life chances remains static. In fact,...
Wednesday 4 April 2007
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s two years of research, investigation and discussion with Australian families, employers and community organisations has told us that
Friday 9 March 2007
Federal laws prohibit discrimination against women, older people, people with disability and people of different races. However, there are 60-plus pieces of federal legislation which specifically deny financial and work-related benefits to same-sex...
Thursday 1 March 2007
How can the majority of the Australian population enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world, and yet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples endure a health situation comparable with many Third World countries?
Tuesday 12 December 2006
In the post-September 11 world, debate about counter-terrorism is often characterised as an argument between 'the realists', who appreciate the need for tough new counter-terrorism laws, and 'the out of touch', who fail to take the terrorist threat...
Wednesday 20 September 2006
THE LAUNCH this week of a new report on Australia 's crumbling mental health system repeats the message that mental health consumers, their carers and their clinicians have been shouting out for years - Australia 's mental health system is in crisis.
Friday 21 October 2005
The economic development of indigenous owned land has been a prominent issue debated in recent weeks. There have been various proposals to shift the ownership of indigenous land from community to individual control to further the economic progress...
Wednesday 11 May 2005
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