Tolerance and harmony in challenging times

Speech to the Affinity Intercultural FoundationCheck against deliveryMay I begin by thanking the Affinity Intercultural Foundation for this invitation. This isn’t the first time I have had the pleasure of joining Affinity for an event, and I know it...
Wednesday 12 April 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Hobart Oration

“A fair go for all: the state of human rights protection in Australia...
Thursday 30 March 2017
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

Graduation speech: Moral courage

Speech given at University of South Australia Graduation CeremonyCheck against deliveryIt is wonderful to be joining you this afternoon. To all those who will be graduating very shortly, my warmest congratulations to you. And my congratulations as...
Thursday 30 March 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

2017 International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Message to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - a video version of this speech can be found here.The 21st of March is the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Though here in...
Tuesday 21 March 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

The lion and the lamb: freedom of religion in multicultural Australia

The lion and the lamb: freedom of religion in multicultural AustraliaAffinity Intercultural Foundation: Lunchtime Lecture SeriesCHECK AGAINST DELIVERY IntroductionAcknowledgementsGadigal people of the Eora nation;Ahmet Polat.The Hon Ray Williams MP...
Wednesday 15 March 2017
Mr Edward Santow, Human Rights Commissioner

National Disability Services NSW State Conference ‘Turning Plans into Outcomes’

I acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we meet, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation and pay my respect to their elders past and present.  I also pay respect to Aboriginal people present here today.Anne Bryce – thank you for...
Thursday 23 February 2017
Mr Alastair McEwin, Disability Discrimination Commissioner

Maribyrnong College Address

Speech given at Maribyrnong College AssemblyGood morning.To Principal Scott, staff, your new school captains, your Year 11 leaders: congratulations on your appointments, I hope this year is a very fulfilling one for you. You certainly have a big...
Wednesday 22 February 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Free Speech Inquiry - Opening Statement (2017)

 Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human RightsInquiry into Freedom of SpeechPublic hearing 17 February 2017CanberraSource: HANSARDCONDITIONS OF DISTRIBUTIONThis is an uncorrected proof of evidence taken before the committee.It is made available...
Friday 17 February 2017
Professor Gillian Triggs, President

Race, dignity and the responsibility of lawyers

Speech given at the Wellness for Law Conference, University of Adelaide Law SchoolThe law can sometimes feel remote from people’s lives. It can cast a shadow over everything that we do, yet for those who are not lawyers it can be hard to understand...
Thursday 16 February 2017
Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner

Opening statement to the Inquiry into the Fairer Paid Parental Leave Bill 2016

Senators, I am very grateful for the opportunity to appear before the Community Affairs Legislation Committee today.As Sex Discrimination Commissioner, I have a particular concern for ensuring that legislative reforms support and advance gender...
Wednesday 1 February 2017
Kate Jenkins, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

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