Racism exists in Australia – are we doing enough to address it?

In this country, the first national anti-discrimination law to be passed addressed racism. Australia became a signatory to the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) in 1966 and then ratified it in 1975. The...

"A Good Beginning"

It is a great honour to have been invited here tonight to present the Good Beginnings Macquarie Bank National Foundation Awards for Philanthropy and National Spirit.

Presentation toRound Table on Information Access For People with Print...

I've always had a yearning to be in the Guinness Book of Records, and so I decided, in preparation for today, to give the shortest presentation ever made by a staff member of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. My presentation thus...

MENTAL HEALTH REFORM IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Allow me to commence by acknowledging the traditional owners of the ladn on which we stand. This acknowledgment reminds us of cultural traditions stretching back to time immemorial, as well as aspirations in our own time for a fair and inclusive...

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I am very pleased to have been asked to open the 9th Conference of the International Student Advisers Network of Australia (ISANA). I am pleased to welcome those who come from abroad, to exchange ideas and thoughts with a variety of people and...

Keynote address: Creating Welcoming School Communities (2009)

26 years ago, on this day in 1973, the first call was made on a mobile phone other than a car phone, when Martin Cooper, a Motorola executive shocked New Yorkers by walking down the street talking into a shoe-shaped handset. We've moved a long way...

Evolving law and order policy - A rights perspective

Today's forum is an extremely important one. It gives us the opportunity to reflect on progress, or lack of it, in the ten years since one of the most extensive and devastating reports into the impact of colonialism on the Indigenous peoples of this...

President speech: Australian Psychological Society (Sydney Branch) AGM

I would like to begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and pay my respects to their elders, past and present.

Beyond Wei Tang: Do Australia’s human trafficking laws fully reflect Australia’...

I would like to pay my respects to the Wurundjeri people, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet today and acknowledge the wonderful work of Julie and Sue for bringing together the distinguished judges, prosecutors, academics,...

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I would like to begin by acknowledging the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional owners of the land where we meet today and to pay my respects to their elders. I would also like to thank the University of NSW and Professor Daniel...

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