2008 Media Release: Time for fresh ideas to tackle sex discrimination

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick today welcomed the announcement of the review of the Sex Discrimination Act (1984) by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee saying that after nearly 25 years it’s time to look at...


The Commonwealth Government has today introduced into Parliament the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Bill 2003 to amend the legislation under which the Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission performs its functions.

HREOC welcomes Westpac commitments

Human Rights Commissioner and Commissioner responsible for Disability Discrimination, Graeme Innes AM, today welcomed the release of Westpac"s 2006 Accessibility Action Plan which makes a number of new commitments to improving access to its service...

2006 HREOC media release: Pay TV captioning progress ahead of schedule

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has welcomed a report by the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) on progress by its members in captioning programs to provide access for deaf and hearing impaired...

HREOC media release: NSW Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill may breach human rights principles

Provisions of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Bill before the NSW Upper House today could amount to breaches of Australia’s human rights obligations, Human Rights Commissioner Graeme Innes and National Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma...

2008 Media Release: New Governor General takes Australia forward towards true gender equality

The swearing in today of Ms Quentin Bryce as Australia’s 25th Governor General, is an historic day for the nation and one which augurs well for our journey towards true gender equality in Australia, federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth...

South Australians to talk about Racism

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission will be in Adelaide next week for a public meeting about racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

2009 Media Release: Climate change: risks and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Climate change poses a major threat to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands, waters and resources in Australia but also provides new opportunities in emerging carbon markets, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner...


The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Dr William Jonas, has welcomed the recently announced agreement between the Yorta Yorta people and Victorian Government.

Rev Fred Nile's comments offensive and misinformed, says acting Race Discrimination Commissioner

Acting Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr William Jonas said remarks made by the Rev Fred Nile were offensive and an abuse of the institution of parliament.