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: New human rights head to deliver 2008 Don Dunstan Oration

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Hon. Catherine Branson QC, will deliver the 2008 Don Dunstan Foundation Oration at the University of Adelaide this Friday evening, 28 November.

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.

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.

2009 Media Release: New commitment to accountability for human rights of people with disabilities welcomed

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Australian Government's announcement today that Australia will become a party to the Optional Protocol to the international Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (the Disability...

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...

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...

People with disabilities left out of telecommunications technology loop

A discussion paper on access to telecommunications for people with disabilities released today by Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner Dr Sev Ozdowski suggests that people with disabilities are not receiving equal access to rapidly...

Great advocate for Indigenous affairs mourned

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Dr Bill Jonas today expressed sadness at the death of one of Australia’s most prominent Indigenous leaders, Mr Djerrkura.

2008 Media Release: Pornography restrictions to further protect Aboriginal children in the NT

Amendments to legislation introduced into federal Parliament today to reduce the exposure of children to pornographic material available on pay television in the Northern Territory is a necessary and welcome move, Aboriginal and Torres Strait...