Act on anti-slavery, says Human Rights Commissioner

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has backed calls to enact anti-slavery legislation and to move on marriage equality.In a speech to the Tamar Valley Peace Festival on 27 July, Commissioner Santow said 18 Australian religious leaders had...
Friday 28 July 2017
Constitutional Reform meeting

Joint statement in support of First Nations' voice to Parliament

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advocates and supporters for constitutional reform met at the Australian Human Rights Commission on 24 July to declare their support for a First Nations’ voice to Parliament.The meeting was convened by...
Monday 24 July 2017
Gumatj clan ceremonial leaders at the opening ceremony of the First Nations National Convention in Uluru

‘We cannot deny the rightful place of Australia’s First Peoples’

Constitutional reform and zero tolerance for racism would help build a nation that recognises the rightful place of Australia's First Peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar has told the Castan Centre...
Friday 21 July 2017
youth in detention

Governments must end abuse of young people in detention

The Australian Human Rights Commission today expressed continuing and deep concern about the abuse of young people in detention.“The focus on punitive measures is failing young people. A much better approach is to focus on effective early...
Friday 7 July 2017
parliament house

Human Rights Commissioner calls for OPCAT input

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow is seeking submissions on Australia’s implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).“The Federal Government has outlined some of the key features of how it intends OPCAT to...
Friday 7 July 2017