Marriage equality: Name-calling won't convince anyone

Calling people a ‘homophobe’ or ‘bigot’ because they aren’t advocates for same-sex couples marrying won’t do anything to help change the law.In an article on SameSame last week, Doug Pollard argued he was “sick and tired of hearing heterosexual,...
Tuesday 25 August 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

Same-sex marriage poll puts religious freedom in danger

Religious freedom could be seriously compromised if a referendum were held on whether same-sex couples were allowed to marry.Following the events of the week numerous people have talked up a referendum, not a plebiscite, as the “public vote” on...
Friday 14 August 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

Same-sex marriage: a law that protects the rights of all parties

A law can be designed to protect the rights of all and avoid a distracting and divisive debate on marriage for same-sex couples.There are two fundamental human rights that could be affected by any change: equality before the law and religious...
Saturday 8 August 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

Vilification of Adam Goodes damages everyone

Adam Goodes has been a public figure not afraid of challenging prejudice; not afraid of asking questions about Australian history and society. He has done it in ways that have made some people feel uncomfortable, writes race discrimination...
Monday 3 August 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

After the divisions, we need to come together on race

It has been a week of intense debate about racism, but over the weekend people came together to stand with Adam Goodes. There was a sign that we might come out of a divisive race debate with a sense of unity.And so there should be. All fair-minded...
Monday 3 August 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Dawn Fraser's swift apology over Nick Kyrgios shows Australia has changed

We've been reminded this week that some people still believe they can tell others to "go back to where they came from". I'm referring, of course, to Dawn Fraser's comments on Tuesday about tennis player Nick Kyrgios.When the story broke, many...
Thursday 9 July 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Religious freedom and same-sex marriage need not be incompatible

Religious freedom isn’t sufficiently protected in any of the bills before the parliament to allow same-sex couples to marry.Last week the leader of the government in the Senate, Eric Abetz, raised concern that those of faith might suffer legal...
Monday 6 July 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

White paper has the potential to improve indigenous lives

The Northern Australia white paper has the potential to be transformative in improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples if it increases the respect and value of their property rights and their right to development.The white...
Saturday 27 June 2015
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

White paper has the potential to improve indigenous lives

The Northern Australia white paper has the potential to be transformative in improving the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples if it increases the respect and value of their property rights and their right to development.The white...
Saturday 27 June 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

Heard it too many times: I’m not racist, but ...

Is Australia a racist country? During my time as Race Discrimination Commissioner, I have been asked this question constantly. My answers tend to be met with an air of disappointment. Many hope to hear either a simple "yes" or "no". Not everyone is...
Thursday 11 June 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

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