Tuesday 12 November 2013

Karen Barlow and Sashka Koloff’s exposé of conditions at the Nauru detention centre, Nauru Nurse (ABC TV, Lateline) is one of four finalists in the TV category of the 2013 Australian Human Rights Award, the Australian Human Rights Commission announced today.

Later this week, the Commission will announce the shortlist for the community individual award and the community organisation award.

The judges for the Award's TV category said the interview on Nauru Nurse with whistle-blower Marianne Evers focussed attention on the conditions of Australian-run immigration detention centres. Nauru Nurse exposed the closed world inside the Nauru detention centre.

Jane Hutcheon’s powerful interview with the Chief of Army’s transgender speechwriter, Cate McGregor (One Plus One, ABC TV) is also shortlisted. The judging panel said One Plus One deserves its place among the TV finalists because of the insights it offers into a transgender experience of discrimination and bullying.

A disability-focussed news and current affairs program, No Limits (C31 Community TV), is the third finalist, with judges commending Naomi Chainey, Elvira Alic and Phineas Meere for a program that gives people with disability a voice in the media.

Margot O’Neill’s Aged Care Crisis (Lateline, ABC TV) completes the line-up of finalists for the TV category. Aged Care Crisis is a ground-breaking investigation into human rights abuses in Australia’s aged-care sector.

The Australian Human Rights Commission today also announced the two finalists in the business category of the 2013 Human Rights Awards, business category. They are and Koorreen Enterprises and Freedom Housing.

Freedom Housing allows people with disabilities and their families to live under the same roof in homes that are privately-owned or leased. Koorreen Enterprises delivers workshops to counteract lateral violence in Indigenous communities. The workshops equip participants with the knowledge and skills to counteract emotional, spiritual and physical violence.

The 2013 Australian Human Rights Awards will be presented in Sydney on 10 December at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The event’s MC is The Chaser’s Craig Reucassel, pictured with Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan.

Full details and ticket sales are online now at