This Harmony Day, take a stand against racism

For Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner, Harmony Day on 21 March is an opportunity to take a stand against racism wherever we encounter it.“Today marks the 50th anniversary of the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of...
Monday 21 March 2016

Commission responds to independent review of the Safe Schools program

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the independent review of the Safe Schools program, but has some concerns about the Government’s proposed changes to the program.The Commission welcomed reasonable adjustments to the program as...
Friday 18 March 2016

Commissioner calls for action against bullying and violence

On National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell has called on all Australians to take a stand against violence and bullying in the community and online.
Friday 18 March 2016

Groundswell of support on 10 year anniversary

Hundreds of thousands of Australians are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Close the Gap Campaign today by participating in more than 1,570 community and corporate events across the country.Campaign Co-Chairs Dr Jackie Huggins and Mick Gooda...
Thursday 17 March 2016

1,300 events already registered for Close the Gap Day

In the 10th year of the Close the Gap Campaign, more and more Australians are pledging their support for health equality and signing up to participate in National Close the Gap Day.Campaign Co-Chairs Dr Jackie Huggins and Mick Gooda said 1,300...
Wednesday 9 March 2016

Commission welcomes new Sex Discrimination Commissioner

The Australian Human Rights Commission is pleased to welcome Victorian lawyer Kate Jenkins as the new Sex Discrimination Commissioner.Ms Jenkins, who has been the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner since 2013, has two decades...
Thursday 11 February 2016

Renewed relationship must be matched by adequate resourcing

The Close the Gap Campaign welcomes the commitment from the Prime Minister to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in a positive relationship, but has called for greater action to close the unacceptably wide life expectancy gap....
Wednesday 10 February 2016

Close the Gap campaign calls for renewed commitment from all political parties

The Close the Gap Campaign has called on all political parties before the next federal election to renew their commitment to closing the unacceptable health and life expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-...
Wednesday 10 February 2016

New report will reveal alarming impacts of detention on children

WHATAustralian Human Rights Commission President Professor Gillian Triggs will release a new report revealing alarming impacts of detention on children. The report is based on interviews and medical testing of children at Wickham Point detention...
Wednesday 3 February 2016

Human rights obligations remain despite High Court ruling

The Australian Human Rights Commission affirms that today’s High Court decision does not alter Australia’s international obligations towards people seeking asylum.“The High Court has confirmed that third country processing is lawful under our...
Wednesday 3 February 2016

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