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

Genuine marriage equality is more than overdue

Imagine seeing the words "never married" on your new husband's death certificate. As if the grief of losing your husband while honeymooning wasn't traumatic enough.Marco Bulmer-Rizzi's husband, David, died after falling down stairs at a friend's...
Friday 29 January 2016
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

Government’s Healthy Welfare Card no solution to alcohol abuse

In Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the country, old wounds are being reopened. Many of our people are being forced to revisit the past trauma of income management and stolen wages.The federal government’s Healthy Welfare...
Monday 25 January 2016
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

National days should prompt reflection as well as inspire pride

Ben Roberts-Smith knows a thing or two about patriotism. Australia's most decorated soldier, Roberts-Smith is also chair of the National Australia Day Council. In a speech last Sunday in Bankstown, he called for this year's Australia Day to be...
Saturday 23 January 2016
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Call for building standards to be safe and functional for the elderly

Given the scale, complexity and sheer cost of recent reforms to disability services and aged care, we need to keep a close eye on whether the changes are working. For the most part, they seem to be. However, there is one big gap.As people age and...
Monday 18 January 2016
The Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner

Time to regulate housing accessibility

With the scale, complexity and massive costs of recent reforms in disability services and aged care, we need constant monitoring and patience as the changes are put into place.According to what I hear and see this is all happening pretty well, in...
Wednesday 13 January 2016
The Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner

Sexual harassment at work is profoundly damaging and unfair

Gender rights are no joke. Australian law gives us all a legal right to live and work free from sexual harassment.But where does behaviour that is inappropriate, disrespectful or just plain rude cross the line to become unlawful? This is a question...
Wednesday 13 January 2016
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

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