Disability images and human reality

The electronic mass media are among the most powerful influences on people's lives today. You who work in the media shape our view of the world and of each other. Through media exposure we get access to a vast range of life situations that go far...

USING THE LAW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Graeme Innes AM (2007)

Scarlett Finney was only six when she saw the brochures for the Hills Grammar School, set in park-like grounds in Sydney's outer suburbs.  She indicated her keenness to attend "the school in the bush".  Her parents were prepared to pay the fees, and...

Elements of a global alliance against racism

I would like to begin by paying tribute to Mrs Mary Robinson, who in her time as High Commissioner for Human Rights has placed great emphasis and importance on the role of national human rights institutions. It is largely due to her efforts and...

Pod Rights transcript - Episode 11

Graeme Innes: Hello, and welcome to Pod Rights, a series of podcasts from the Australian Human Rights Commission.  I’m Graeme Innes, the Disability and Race Discrimination Commissioner. 

Essentials for Social Justice: Sorry

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner and National Race Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

Meeting with Deafness Forum of Australia

Thank you for the opportunity to meet today. I want to take a few minutes to run through some current areas of work which may be of particular interest to you.  

Obligations under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth): Speech to the NSW...

Thank you for inviting me to talk to you today about the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth). As Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner I am responsible for administrating the Act, so as you can imagine I am always encouraged and pleased when I...

Gov2.0 Roundtable on Accessibility for People with Disabilities (2009)

Last year a blind colleague of mine decided he needed a pet dog to be company for him and his teenage daughter. After checking various pet rescue websites and talking to various people, he found an 18-month-old German Shepherd / red Cattle dog cross...

Government Lawyers - CLE Conference & Dinner

Thank you for inviting me to speak to you today about my work and its legal connections. In the first instance of course these connections are obvious - my work is based on an Act of the Commonwealth Parliament, the Sex Discrimination Act of 1984,...

Natural Justice Issues In A Tribunal Hearing

I was first approached by one of your Committee to speak tonight on a topic which sounded an easy one: "talk about your experiences in consensus judgments and how committees of more than one function". I shall amplify why that would be an easy topic...

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