Is freedom under pressure globally?

Behind human rights is the still revolutionary idea that every human being is free and equal, that individuals own their own bodies and should be free to pursue their lives, opportunities and enterprise. Human rights provide the foundation for our...
Wednesday 11 March 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

The economic potential of older people is being ignored

Was I the only person in Australia who congratulated Treasurer Joe Hockey on his observation that the first person to live to 150 might already be born?Not only have medical scientists confirmed the comment, the shock value of contemplating our...
Monday 23 February 2015
The Hon Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner

'A Brave Piece of Legislation': The Racial Discrimination Act, 40...

Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Australia's Race Discrimination Commissioner, delivered the opening address to the RDA@40 Conference in Sydney, 19-20 February 2015. The following is an edited version of that address.Read the full article following the link...
Monday 23 February 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

We must keep striving to close the gap in Indigenous health

"Just in the last week, three of my closest friends and a relative have been diagnosed with cancer. This is not an uncommon story, to be – as a community – constantly in grief, loss and trauma."These words, from Janine Mohamed, chief executive of...
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

40 years of the Racial Discrimination Act

40 years of the Racial Discrimination ActIn the wake of the Charlie Hebdo murders in Paris, Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane looks at the role of Australia’s anti-discrimination legislation – and why society still needs section...
Sunday 1 February 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Australia's hate speech laws

Any new “movement” for reforming Australia’s laws against racist hate speech is far more limited than Mr. Sassoon suggests. The prime minister has recently ruled out revisiting the issue. This reflects the overwhelming public support for retaining...
Tuesday 27 January 2015
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Discussions on Indigenous matters don't fall foul of the Racial...

There have been numerous articles in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy seeking to revive debate about section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. What I find troubling is that those who seek to revisit this debate too often rely on issues...
Monday 26 January 2015
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

Charlie Hebdo V 18C: no contest

Charlie Hebdo would have risked being censored by the courts, but self-censorship is the reality of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Monday 19 January 2015
Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner

Committing a crime does not mean forfeiting all human rights for the future

There has been considerable public interest in some recent findings of the Australian Human Rights Commission that the Australian Government is in breach of our human rights obligations. While, as President of the Commission, I seldom comment on...
Wednesday 14 January 2015
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

Engage with us, says Commissioner Gooda

It has been just over twelve months since Australia elected Tony Abbott as Prime Minister. It’s been a time of great expectations, anxieties and stress for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Australians.During the 2013 election campaign, Prime Minister...
Monday 8 December 2014
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner

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