Vilification of Adam Goodes damages everyone

Adam Goodes has been a public figure not afraid of challenging prejudice; not afraid of asking questions about Australian history and society. He has done it in ways that have made some people feel uncomfortable, writes race discrimination...
Monday 3 August 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

After the divisions, we need to come together on race

It has been a week of intense debate about racism, but over the weekend people came together to stand with Adam Goodes. There was a sign that we might come out of a divisive race debate with a sense of unity.And so there should be. All fair-minded...
Monday 3 August 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Dawn Fraser's swift apology over Nick Kyrgios shows Australia has changed

We've been reminded this week that some people still believe they can tell others to "go back to where they came from". I'm referring, of course, to Dawn Fraser's comments on Tuesday about tennis player Nick Kyrgios.When the story broke, many...
Thursday 9 July 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Religious freedom and same-sex marriage need not be incompatible

Religious freedom isn’t sufficiently protected in any of the bills before the parliament to allow same-sex couples to marry.Last week the leader of the government in the Senate, Eric Abetz, raised concern that those of faith might suffer legal...
Monday 6 July 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

White paper has the potential to improve indigenous lives

The Northern Australia white paper has the potential to be transformative in improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples if it increases the respect and value of their property rights and their right to development.The white...
Saturday 27 June 2015
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

White paper has the potential to improve indigenous lives

The Northern Australia white paper has the potential to be transformative in improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples if it increases the respect and value of their property rights and their right to development.The white...
Saturday 27 June 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

Heard it too many times: I’m not racist, but ...

Is Australia a racist country? During my time as Race Discrimination Commissioner, I have been asked this question constantly. My answers tend to be met with an air of disappointment. Many hope to hear either a simple "yes" or "no". Not everyone is...
Thursday 11 June 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

I want to hold your hand: LGBTI people have some surprisingly modest aspirations

Visibility remains one of the greatest challenges in tackling the legacy of state-sanctioned discrimination against people on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status.In the past 30 years we’ve made great strides in...
Thursday 11 June 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

Same-sex marriage the ultimate victory for conservatives

That same-sex couples want to marry is a triumph of conservative values, not a threat to them.As the greatest conservative philosopher of the 20th century, Michael Oakeshott, wrote in On Being Conservative, the disposition is to “prefer the familiar...
Saturday 6 June 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

Forty years of the Racial Discrimination Act

In October 1975, at a ceremony for the proclamation of the Racial Discrimination Act, then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam described the legislation as ‘a historic measure’, which aimed to ‘entrench new attitudes of tolerance and understanding in the...
Monday 11 May 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

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