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

Why Geert Wilders should be allowed to visit Australia

Our borders should not be used to control access to unpopular ideas, and in the internet age such efforts are futile.According to reports, Lebanese Muslim Association president Samier Dandan​ has advised the Prime Minister not to grant a visa to...
Monday 12 October 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

Domestic violence: $100 million funding raises hope in a week of tragedy

  By Professor Gillian Triggs and Commissioner Megan Mitchell.We can no longer tolerate the loss of innocent lives, or allow children to be exposed to such horrific crimes.This week we have seen at least four lives tragically cut short at the hands...
Friday 25 September 2015
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

Domestic violence: $100 million funding raises hope in a week of tragedy

By Professor Gillian Triggs and Megan MitchellThis week we have seen at least four lives tragically cut short at the hands of a partner or family member. Two of these victims were a mother and her unborn baby; the others a 12-year-old girl and a 17-...
Friday 25 September 2015

Why empowering women is a crucial economic reform that boosts GDP

Empowerment of women is a critical economic reform in many countries, particularly those with ageing populations.The Second World Assembly for Women (WAW), convened by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan and held in Tokyo on 28-29 August, represents...
Friday 4 September 2015
Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

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