2009 Media Release: And the cinema access Oscar goes to …

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, has congratulated the Minister for Ageing, Justine Elliot, on her announcement that 12 independent cinemas in Australia will now offer captions and audio description services to Australians with...

2009 Media Release: Getting Indigenous youth out of the criminal justice system

With Indigenous young people now 28 times more likely to be detained in custody than their non-Indigenous counterparts, a national conference focusing on the issue will be opened in Sydney tomorrow by Attorney-General Robert McClelland.

Human Rights Commission welcomes age discrimination laws

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) has today welcomed the passing of the Age Discrimination Bill in the Senate. The legislation means that, for the first time, there will be an enforceable remedy in federal law for people who...

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...

2006 Commission media release: Everything young people want to know about human rights: new webpage launched

A new human rights webpage for secondary students was launched in Sydney today. Information for Students is an online education resource for secondary school students to help them gain an awareness and understanding of human rights; their origin and...

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.

Commissioner welcomes UN instrument for 650 million people with disabilities

The United Nation"s General Assembly should be applauded for passing its landmark Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Australia"s Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes AM said today.

Freedom to Ride for People with Disabilities

New transport Standards under the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Act became law this week. These Standards will enable people with disabilities, as well as other Australians, to have access to most public transport throughout the country...

Media Release 2008: NSW artificial fertilisation law a step forward for same sex parents

Human Rights Commissioner, Graeme Innes, today congratulated the New South Wales Government on the announcement that NSW law will recognise female same-sex parents who conceive a child through artificial fertilisation.

HREOC media release: Traditional laws and customs for Githabul People set to live on forever

Yesterday’s Federal Court decision recognising the native title rights and interests of the Githabul People of northern NSW is one of the most significant native title determinations in the state for 10 years, according to Aboriginal and Torres...

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