Henry Parkes Primary Schools Citizenship Convention

For those of you unfamiliar with Australia’s Human Rights Commission, it’s an independent government body that protects and promotes human rights. My role as Human Rights Commissioner is to check that human rights in Australia are being respected...

Speeches on Human Rights Issues

Speeches on Human Rights Issues [ Year: 2011 : 2009 : 2008 : 2007 : 2006 : 2005 : 2004 : 2003 : 2002 : 2001 : 2000 : 1999 : 1998 : 1997 : 1996 ] For more recent speeches: see the speeches of the President of the Australian...

Australian Partnership of Religious Organisations (APRO) Forum

Conrad Gershevitch, Director of HREOC’s Education and Partnerships Section, Race Discrimination Unit on behalf of Tom Calma who is the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and Race Discrimination Commissioner.

Human rights issues for rural families: Chris Sidoti (1998)

Families, and those who support them, play a vital role in the protection of human rights. Accordingly, I am very pleased to address this conference, and I commend all of you for your work in preserving and strengthening families.

Twenty years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody -...

The forum will consider how prison conditions can be improved through standards and human rights mechanisms, such as the Optional Protocol on the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). It will also focus on preventing imprisonment through Justice...

Presentation to University of NSW

To set the scene for my presentation this afternoon, I want to share two autobiographical fragments with you, both of them having to do with my experience at university.

National Deafness Sector Summit

I'd also like to acknowledge Brian Rope's many years of contribution to the disability sector, and wish him well in retirement, and wish Nicole Lawder success as she moves into the CEO's role.

Bearing the Burden of Culture: Pru Goward (2002)

Standing in this room with all of you here tonight, it's great pleasure to see that in Australia we have so many women committed to furthering the rights of women not only in our country, but also globally.

Speech - Gender equality in 2008: What matters to Australian women and men

Today I am proud to be launching my agenda on the land of the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation. I pay my respect to your elders and ancestors – you are strong and resilient people – and we all have a lot to learn from you.

The role of HREOC in the industrial relations scene: recent developments and...

I'll start with what's stayed the same. The fundamental restructuring of Australia's workplace relations system has left the functions of HREOC untouched. In particular there is no change in its responsibilities to investigate and conciliate...