#Standwithuswomen March Against Violence

Thank you for the invitation to speak at such an important gathering today. It is amazing to be amongst such an amazing group of Aboriginal women who share the same fire and vision for a life free from violence and full of great hope and potential...
Tuesday 11 July 2017

Multiculturalism, mental health and the psychology of racism

Speech given to the Western Australian Multicultural Mental Health Forum, PerthCheck against deliveryOur multiculturalism involves a basic idea. That we recognise and celebrate our diversity in cultures. That everyone can be comfortable in their own...
Friday 7 July 2017
youth in detention

Governments must end abuse of young people in detention

The Australian Human Rights Commission today expressed continuing and deep concern about the abuse of young people in detention.“The focus on punitive measures is failing young people. A much better approach is to focus on effective early...
Friday 7 July 2017

Reaching the highest standard of health for adolescents

Speech given at the Australian Association for Adolescent Health 2017 ConferenceDate: 10am - 11am, Thursday 6 July 2017IntroductionGood morning. It’s a pleasure to be here to speak about the work I have done as Australia’s first National Children’s...
Friday 7 July 2017
parliament house

Human Rights Commissioner calls for OPCAT input

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow is seeking submissions on Australia’s implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).“The Federal Government has outlined some of the key features of how it intends OPCAT to...
Friday 7 July 2017
Arash Bordbar and UNHCR trainees

From asylum seeker to young leader: Arash Bordbar

By Isaiah Dawe.Arash Bordbar is a 23 year-old refugee from Iran and an inspiring advocate for refugees’ access to education and employment opportunities.In December 2016, Arash was awarded the Young People’s Human Rights Medal. Arash was amazed. “I...
Thursday 6 July 2017

Launch of the WA Branch of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association

Speech given at the launch of the WA Branch of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association, Perth(Edited transcript)Thank you for the introduction. It's wonderful to be here for the launch of the Western Australian chapter of Asian Australian Lawyers....
Wednesday 5 July 2017
Photo of Aboriginal boy with bat lantern. Nimbois Bat by Sean Spencer.

Photo competition - $600 prize up for grabs

The 2017 Human Rights Photography competition is now open to children and adults around the country, with a $600 prize up for grabs for the most outstanding image!For almost a decade, the Australian Human Rights Commission has been holding photo...
Thursday 29 June 2017

Cultural diversity and the arts

Speech given to the Diversity Arts Australia symposium - check against delivery
Thursday 29 June 2017
cultural diversity

Panic and anxiety are no substitute for true reflection

Our media and culture “must give voice to the lived experience of multicultural Australia”, Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane has urged.“Australia is a multicultural country but more can be done to ensure that the arts in Australia...
Thursday 29 June 2017