HREOC media release: Land is the crucial economic and spiritual asset for Indigenous people

Federal Health Minister Tony Abbott’s comments earlier this week that the problem with Indigenous land rights is that the land is usually a spiritual asset and not an economic one, demonstrates his lack of understanding of Indigenous people,...

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...

International expert on people trafficking to speak at Canberra seminar

Vice President of Interventions at International Justice Mission (IJM), Sharon Cohn, will be speaking at a seminar on people trafficking to be held in Canberra on 7 September 2004.

Program to tackle discrimination against rural gays and lesbians

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Australian Youth Foundation (AYF) today announced a program to establish a national network of young gay men and lesbians in rural Australia.

2008 Media Release: Terms of reference into paid maternity leave and parental leave welcomed

Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick has today welcomed the federal government’s release of the terms of reference for a Productivity Commission inquiry into the introduction of a paid maternity, paternity and parental leave...

Time to Examine Alternatives to Detention

The President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Professor Alice Tay, today welcomed the willingness of the Minister for Immigration, Philip Ruddock, to consider alternatives to detention for the children of asylum seekers and...

Social Justice Commissioner Launches Social Justice Report 2004 and Native Title Report 2004

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma will launch the Social Justice Report 2004 and Native Title Report 2004 in Sydney on Tuesday 12 April.

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...

Goward applauds introduction of 12 weeks paid parental leave in New Zealand

The Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Pru Goward has praised the introduction of 12 weeks' paid parental leave in New Zealand. Legislation implementing paid parental leave starts 1st July.

2006 HREOC media release: Sorry Day is but one part of the healing process for Stolen Generations

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma said that National Sorry Day (26 May) presents a chance for the entire community, black and white, to come together in remembrance for those people, over generations, who...

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