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

There are echoes of the Cronulla riots on our streets today

Ten years after the Cronulla riots our harmony as a society is again being tested. But where the leadership of 2005 sadly fell short, we now have a PM who is more sure-footed on these matters, writes Tim Soutphommasane.Race riots aren't a common...
Monday 14 December 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

There are echoes of the Cronulla riots on our streets today

Ten years after the Cronulla riots our harmony as a society is again being tested. But where the leadership of 2005 sadly fell short, we now have a PM who is more sure-footed on these matters, writes Tim Soutphommasane.Race riots aren't a common...
Friday 11 December 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Finding a balance for freedom of religion

Those of different beliefs need to be active in reshaping the conversation about religious freedom if it is to be preserved in law.Yesterday, the Australian Human Rights Commission hosted the first of many religious freedom round tables.These round...
Friday 6 November 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

Triumph of goodwill and understanding

Last week I read about an anti-Muslim protest in the American city of Columbus, Ohio. A protestor, a woman called Annie, picketed a mosque. People from the mosque tried to talk to her but for some forty minutes they were met with nasty insults.Then...
Tuesday 20 October 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

The human rights of children are at risk if control orders are placed on 14-...

On Tuesday this week Attorney-General George Brandis foreshadowed extending laws concerning control orders to fourteen- and fifteen-year-old children.Brandis said the fact that a 15-year-old boy had been inspired to perform a terrorist act...
Friday 16 October 2015
Megan Mitchell, Children's Commissioner

Fringe radicals can't undermine Australia's love of multiculturalism...

As Australians we typically think of ourselves as relaxed and welcoming people. So it has been sad to see so many police had to be deployed in Bendigo and Parramatta during the past week or so. It’s not often that we need police out in force to keep...
Tuesday 13 October 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

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