Extra funding for research into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mental health welcomed

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma congratulated the NSW Government on their recent announcement to allocate an additional $750,000 funding to the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council for research...

Stolen wages offer disappointing, says Social Justice Commissioner

Dr William Jonas AM, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, today expressed disappointment at the Queensland Government announcement that it would not alter its current offer to Indigenous peoples on the 'stolen wages...

2006 HREOC media release: Living Spirit: Muslim women and human rights forum

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Islamic Women"s Welfare Council of Victoria will hold a one-day forum on Muslim women"s human rights issues titled 'Living Spirit' in Preston (Victoria) on 21 September.

2006 HREOC media release: 50-year-old Commissioner gets secret ballot - for the first time

Federal Cabinet’s decision earlier this week to trial electronic voting means that Australia's Human Rights Commissioner, Graeme Innes, will get a secret ballot for the first time in his life.

Sad loss of Aboriginal Elder (Aunty) Ida West

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Dr Bill Jonas, today expressed sadness at the passing of Tasmanian Aboriginal Elder (Aunty) Ida West, who died yesterday after a long battle with cancer.

HREOC media release: The 1967 Referendum urged government to improve Indigenous health – what are we waiting for?

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, today called for some of the record budget surplus announced by the federal Treasurer this week to be spent on improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

2008 Media Release: Ban on alcohol destined to build brighter future

Extending the ban on full and mid-strength take away alcohol for an indefinite period in Western Australia’s Fitzroy Crossing is a step in the right direction, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma and Sex...

Anniversary of the death of John Pat: deaths in custody crisis continues

On the 17th anniversary of John Pat's death in police custody, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Dr Bill Jonas calls on States and Territories to re-commit to the full implementation of the recommendations of the...

2008 Media Release: How does freedom of religion and belief affect health and wellbeing?

A new national investigation has been launched into the effects that freedom of religion and belief can have on individual health and community wellbeing.

Commission granted leave to intervene in High Court IVF case

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has today been granted leave to intervene in proceedings brought by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in the High Court that involve issues of major importance to women throughout Australia.

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