Setting the record straight: Change the Course

Last week, the Australian Human Rights Commission released a landmark report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.The Change the course report came after years of work by students groups, advocates and journalists to...
Wednesday 16 August 2017
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Hanson's comments remind us we still have a long way to go

As Disability Discrimination Commissioner, it is my job to promote and protect the rights of people with disability. So when a person who has been elected to represent the concerns and aspirations of the Australian people uses the floor of...
Saturday 24 June 2017
Mr Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner

We need to do more to protect our kids online

One unintended consequence of the explosion of digital technology is the proliferation of online child exploitation material – and increased opportunities for child sex offenders to connect with other offenders.This is the central finding of Anti-...
Thursday 25 May 2017
Megan Mitchell, Children's Commissioner

Racial vilification laws protect those who are silenced by hate speech

Parliament’s human rights committee has spent the past four months examining Australia’s laws against racial vilification.  It travelled to every capital city and heard stories of how racism impacts on the lives of everyday Australians.Leaders of...
Thursday 9 March 2017
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

If we relax the Racial Discrimination Act, we risk condoning racism

The law in Australia has never provided a perfect protection against racism.For a long time, the law was in fact silent about racism. Prior to the enactment of anti-discrimination laws, there was little that those on the receiving end of racial...
Thursday 16 February 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Protecting refugees

As recent reports allege asylum seekers are being removed from Manus Island and returned to their place of origin, Commission President, Prrofessor Gillian Triggs, reflects on the nation's responsibilities.
Monday 13 February 2017
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

OPCAT could revolutionise Australia's treatment of detainees

The federal government has announced it will ratify and implement the OPCAT treaty . Few people will have heard of OPCAT (Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture). It creates no new legal rights. Yet it could be the single most positive...
Monday 13 February 2017
Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner

Australia's advance in the protection of human rights

Yesterday’s announcement that the Government intends to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment – otherwise known as OPCAT - is the most significant advance in the...
Monday 13 February 2017
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

The AHRC and the Racial Discrimination Act: setting the record straight

Federal racial hatred legislation and the complaints-handling processes of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) are currently the subjects of an inquiry by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. The Committee’s ‘Freedom of...
Tuesday 7 February 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Sons, daughters abuse our most vulnerable

People react with disbelief when I recount examples of elder abuse that I have heard during my consultations.For example, at one community legal centre I was told about a son moving in to help his father renovate. The son sold the house, delivered...
Monday 6 February 2017
Dr Kay Patterson, Age Discrimination Commissioner