There isn't a 'silent majority' of racists in Australia

These are challenging times for race relations. In the United States, just a fortnight after the election of Donald Trump, there are already numerous reports of hate attacks on the rise. A similar trend was reported earlier this year following the...
Monday 28 November 2016
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Striking the right balance on free speech

A former Human Rights Commissioner, Sev Ozdowski, has asked whether the Racial Discrimination Act impinges on freedom of expression under international law.It’s an interesting question with a clear answer. International law offers a sensible pathway...
Wednesday 23 November 2016
Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner

The NDIS: delivering results, delivering equality and even delivering your...

Getting a morning coffee on the way to work is a ritual many of us take for granted.   Not Jeremy, who is a young man with a communication disability.  The thought of not only being able to order coffee, but run a business, was a pipe dream.  Until...
Thursday 6 October 2016
Mr Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner

We can't eradicate racism but telling its targets to grin and bear it isn...

Debates about racism in Australia are always contentious, more so when they involve our political representatives.However, we should be forthright in speaking out against appeals to fear. We should resist attempts to divide Australians according to...
Wednesday 21 September 2016
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

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

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