Wednesday 6 November 2013

UPDATE: Highlights of the RightsTalk can now be viewed here.

Tomorrow is the final RightsTalk for 2013, with Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes chairing a discussion about access to the internet as a human right.

“The internet is intertwined with everything we do. It influences how we access goods and services, how we communicate with each other, and how we access news and information,” says Commissioner Innes.

“But what happens if you don’t have access to the internet? What happens if you can’t tap into the network because of a disability? What if you can’t afford to pay for internet connections or you can’t find content that is accessible and readable?”

Guest speakers for tomorrow’s event include Natalie Collins, Deputy Chief Executive, Media Access Australia; and Dr Peter Radoll, Acting Director of the Ngunnawal Indigenous Higher Education Centre.

Tomorrow’s RightsTalk runs from 12.30pm to 2pm, at the Australian Human Rights Commission in Sydney. Register here.

Last month’s RightsTalk featured the recently-appointed Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, who spoke about culture, citizenship and identity.

Dr Soutphommasane (pictured with Commission President, Gillian Triggs) reflected on his personal interest in those issues, and said thinking about them helps to form the big picture for the Commission’s work on race discrimination.

“A lot of my interest in culture, citizenship and identity is born of my own experience as a first generation Australian.

“It was very hard to avoid questions of identity when I was growing up in Sydney in the 1980s and ’90s. Over the years, and especially since the Cronulla riots in 2005, I’ve thought a lot about culture, citizenship and identity and I’ve tried to work out whether patriotism can be a good thing.

“The answer is yes, it can be a good thing. It just depends on what you mean by patriotism and love of country.” 

Watch a video clip of Dr Soutphommasane’s RightsTalk.