Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ACCG)

Children's commissioners call for action to protect the rights of children...

Australian Children’s Commissioners and Guardians are calling on governments to ensure youth justice detention is focused on rehabilitation, and the rights of children are protected.
Wednesday 29 November 2017

Fighting racism in Australia

Remarks at UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Thematic Discussion on Racial Discrimination in Today’s WorldGeneva, Switzerland29 November 2017Edited transcriptIt is timely to have this forum on racial discrimination, given the...
Wednesday 29 November 2017

Adapting to Ageing Australia

(Check against delivery)IntroductionIn line with this year’s theme, ‘The Art of Disruption’, I would like to talk about how society is managing the transition to an older population and what the retirement industry can do to positively influence...
Tuesday 28 November 2017

IAHA National Conference

‘Culture, Relationships, Health: Human Rights in Practice’Acknowledgements[Introduction in Bunuba]Yaningi warangira ngindaji yuwa muwayi ingirranggu, Whadjuk yani u. Balangarri wadjirragali jarra ningi – gamali ngindaji yau muwayi nyirrami ngarri...
Tuesday 28 November 2017

Statement to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Geneva,...

CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY27 November 2017Chair and committee members: thank you for the opportunity to address you.I am pleased to join you as Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner and as a representative of the Australian Human Rights...
Tuesday 28 November 2017
Manus Island 2017 - two refugees peer at soldiers through a fence. One man in in pyjamas. Photo by Abdul, via Twitter

Manus crisis

The Australian Human Rights Commission condemns any unlawful use of force, and calls on the Australian and Papua New Guinea Governments to protect the human rights of the men on Manus Island.The Commission urges the Australian Government to ensure...
Friday 24 November 2017
The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner

Current and emerging issues for older people

Australians are living longer, healthier and more years free of disability. We also know that, despite negative rhetoric around ‘ageing tsunamis’ and the ‘unsustainable burden’ older people will place on our economy, public health, welfare systems...
Friday 24 November 2017
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Commission calls for calm on Manus Island

Australian Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow is calling on the governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea to honour their international human rights obligations and avoid use of force on Manus Island.The Australian Human Rights Commission...
Thursday 23 November 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane

False narratives and the postal vote

This month, the Australian public spoke resoundingly in favour of changing the law to allow same sex marriage. Following the subsiding of excitement about the survey result, much of the media commentary has focused on the noticeably high ‘No’ vote...
Thursday 23 November 2017
National Children's Commissioner Megan Mitchell

Family violence linked to heightened self-harm among children

The devastating impact of family and domestic violence on children can be seen in heightened rates of suicide, self-harm and injury, National Children’s Commission Megan Mitchell has warned.Commissioner Mitchell highlighted the link between violence...
Thursday 23 November 2017