78ers at the 2018 Mardi Gras Parade. Photo by Jeffrey Feng

Mardi Gras celebrates commitment to equality

The 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was a magnificent celebration of pride, diversity and unswerving commitment to equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, said Human Rights Commissioner...
Monday 5 March 2018
Commissioner Megan Mitchell at the Child Rights Report 2017 launch

Young parents need our support, not judgement

Megan Mitchell, National Children's CommissionerThere is so much we, can – and should – be doing to support teenage parents and the 8,500 babies born to teen mothers in Australia each year.While there has been a huge reduction in teen pregnancies...
Friday 2 March 2018

The Chinese presence in Australia

  The Chinese presence in Australia Speech to Western Sydney University conference on ‘Community Sentiment and Chinese Australian Experiences’Western Sydney University, Parramatta1 March 2018Dr Tim SoutphommasaneRace Discrimination Commissioner*...
Thursday 1 March 2018

Chinese-influence debate must avoid racism

There are an estimated 1.2 million people living in Australia who have Chinese ancestry (of which I am one). Many would agree that old prejudices against Chinese have largely given way to general acceptance of Chinese-Australians.Yet, ongoing...
Thursday 1 March 2018
Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin with Special Rapporteur Catalina Devandas Aguilar at DDA25

Alastair McEwin looks back on 25 yrs of the DDA

25 years ago today – 1 March -  the Disability Discrimination Act came into effect. It was Australia’s first piece of legislation to protect the rights of people with disability. A quarter of a century on, the DDA has been used by thousands to fight...
Wednesday 28 February 2018
Sex Discrimination Commissioner deeply concerned about appalling behaviour at residential colleges

Sex Discrimination Commissioner deeply concerned about reports of appalling...

As students and staff around Australia return to university, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins is urging Australian universities to continue the work needed to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assaults on campus.“Since the release of...
Monday 26 February 2018

Launch: Children’s Rights Report 2017

Launch: Children’s Rights Report 2017
Friday 23 February 2018
June Oscar with Aboriginal girls in Victoria

Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women's Voices) project kicks off in Mildura

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO has visited the regional city of Mildura in north-west Victoria, for the Wiyi Yani U Thangani (Women’s Voices) project.Commissioner Oscar said it’s been a privilege...
Tuesday 20 February 2018
St Andrews Cathedral. Wikipedia creative commons image by TTaylor

Commission makes recommendations to Religious Freedom Review

The Australian Human Rights Commission has today made six recommendations to the Religious Freedom Review, which was commissioned last year to evaluate the strength of existing religious protections in Australia.The Commission recommends, in its...
Wednesday 14 February 2018
The Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner

Rights of Older Australians: Ageing and Advocacy

Both the study of gerontology and issues of ageing have shaped where I am today and my current role as Age Discrimination Commissioner.Background – gerontology and ageing advocacyIn the late 1970s and early 80s, I was teaching health science...
Tuesday 13 February 2018