Indigenous injustice: it beggars belief that so much evidence was ignored

I was shocked but not surprised by the ABC’s Four Corners revelations last Monday night. Incontrovertible CCTV evidence of Aboriginal children subject to demeaning, debilitating and dehumanizing behavior has galvanized the Australian community and...
Tuesday 2 August 2016
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

Diversity is more than just souvlaki and dragon dance

Australia is often described as a multicultural success story. Yet our cultural diversity isn’t yet reflected in the ranks of leadership within society. The ethnic and cultural default of leadership in Australia remains Anglo-Celtic. Unfortunately,...
Friday 29 July 2016
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Pauline Hanson might be back, but Australia has moved on

The more things change, the more they stay the same. That's the feeling you get sometimes about race and political debate.In her maiden speech to Parliament in 1996, Pauline Hanson warned that Australia was being "swamped by Asians" and called for...
Tuesday 5 July 2016
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

57 seconds - that's all it took to undo much of the good work done by many...

A lot can be said in 57 seconds. And a lot can be learnt from such a brief exchange.Last week, a laughing conversation between two AFL club presidents and three other high-profile football personalities suggested that drowning a female Fairfax...
Tuesday 21 June 2016
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Workplace sexism: we still don't want to talk about it

I'm not sure when the word "sexist" became one of the most polarising words in the English language. Is it really so bad to talk about something that many agree is alive and well in the Australian workforce and community?Despite laws prohibiting sex...
Wednesday 1 June 2016
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

I didn't imagine we would need a Sex Discrimination Commissioner in 2016

I began my new role as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner knowing there are three areas that require immediate attention.We have to address the prevalence of violence against women and girls in this country. It’s a disgrace.We also have to...
Wednesday 4 May 2016
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Children's rights must come first, says Mick Gooda

The recent death of a 10-year-old in the Kimberley is a tragedy and I pass on my condolences to her family at this particularly distressing time.This tragedy has heightened my conviction that the lives of all of our children in Australia are...
Thursday 10 March 2016
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

Generation to Close the Gap?

At the heart of this nation, there is a fundamental wrong in the relationship between the First Peoples and non-Indigenous people.We are divided between those who celebrate Australia Day without any thought of the implications of that day, and those...
Wednesday 10 February 2016
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

Another 'aberration' shows that 18C is the problem and must be changed

State and federal governments should reform laws that make offensive acts unlawful and refocus them on protecting free speech and stopping workplace and public harassment.This week a news story broke about a complaint made under section 18C of the...
Monday 8 February 2016
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

Logic says Valizadeh shouldn't get a visa

Daryush "Roosh" Valizadeh’s freedom of speech won’t be suppressed if the Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, denies him a visa.In the past few days there have been increasing calls on the Federal Government to block so-called ‘neo-masculinist’...
Wednesday 3 February 2016
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

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