Reconciliation Australia Barometer shows steady progress, but still work to do

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO and the Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan have welcomed today’s release of the Reconciliation Barometer.
Sunday 10 February 2019

Kimberley Suicide report must be turning point for action

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO says the report into the deaths of 13 Aboriginal children and young people must be the turning point for action.The West Australian Coroner Ros Fogliani has today...
Thursday 7 February 2019

Statement from Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan

I am deeply concerned about the rally organised by far-right activists, that has taken place in St Kilda today.I condemn in the strongest possible terms the apparent racist and race based motivation behind the rally. There is no place for such...
Saturday 5 January 2019

President announces National Summit on Human Rights

The President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM will today announce plans for a National Summit on Human Rights.Professor Croucher will announce the National Summit at the 2018 Human Rights Awards at...
Friday 14 December 2018

Winners announced - 2018 Human Rights Awards

The Honourable Justice Peter McClellan AM and Chrissie Foster have won the prestigious 2018 Human Rights Medal for their enormous contribution to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.Chrissie Foster has long...
Friday 14 December 2018

New approach to Closing the Gap Strategy welcomed

The Close the Gap Campaign has welcomed the COAG agreement to work in genuine partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the Refreshed Closing the Gap Strategy.COAG has recognised that in order to effect real change,...
Thursday 13 December 2018

Religious Freedom announcement

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) welcomes the release of the Religious Freedom Review.The Commission looks forward to assessing any legislative proposals when they are released in order to ensure that they appropriately balance human...
Thursday 13 December 2018

Encryption law falls short on rights safeguards

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow warns significant threats to human rights remain despite some improvements to Australia’s encryption law.“Police and security agencies must be equipped with robust powers to protect our national security....
Friday 7 December 2018

Time to act on constitutional recognition

The current and former Social Justice Commissioners have called for political leadership to ensure the recommendations of the Joint Select Committee on constitutional recognition are realised.The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice...
Friday 30 November 2018

Workplace Sexual Harassment Inquiry - Call for limited waiver of NDAs

Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, is calling on Australian employers to  issue a limited waiver of confidentiality obligations in non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) for the purpose of allowing people to make a confidential...
Tuesday 20 November 2018

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