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

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

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