Media Release 2008: Closing the Gap must remain a daily priority

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma has used national Close the Gap Day today to urge the federal government to make closing the gap in life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians a daily...

Land sharing at the heart of the successful Yalanji native title claim

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, has congratulated the Western Yalanji people on the recognition of their native title claim in the Mt Carbine region, north west of Cairns (Queensland).

Court decision demonstrates need for reparations scheme

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has called for a reparations scheme for Indigenous children forcibly removed from their parents under past Government policies, following a court ruling in the Northern Territory today.

Changes to citizenship test welcomed

Changes to the citizenship test announced by the federal government on the weekend were today welcomed by national Race Discrimination Commissioner Tom Calma who said increasing the transparency of the test would make it fairer for new citizens.

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...

Human Rights Commission welcomes UN Treaties Report

Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission President Professor Alice Tay has welcomed the report of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Australia's Role in United Nations Reform.

2009 Media Release: Experience Works report highlights our hidden age discrimination problem

Commissioner for Age Discrimination, Elizabeth Broderick, expressed deep concern today in response to the National Seniors Australia Experience Works report, which makes it clear that mature age workers face a multitude of barriers to employment,...

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...

Accessible transport standards not yet law

However, due to a last-minute notice of motion to amend the Standards by Senator John Cherry (Australian Democrats) on behalf of Senator Lynne Alison the Standards have not become law today.

DARWIN FORUM: 10 years of Federal Disability Discrimination Laws - Achievements and Challenges

A forum, co-hosted by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Northern Territory Anti-Discrimination Commission, will be held on Tuesday 25 March at the Northern Territory University. The forum will discuss 10 years of achievements...