Sit down in Melbourne

Commissioner examines populism, anxiety and race

What is the best response to the anxiety, anger and hatred present in public discussions and political debates?Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane addressed this question in his keynote speech to the Australian Political Studies...
Tuesday 26 September 2017
Australian Defence Force members at Mardi Gras.

Celebrating 25 years of diversity in the armed forces

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has joined with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex members of the Australian Defence Force to celebrate diversity in the armed forces.“Tonight, we celebrate 25 years of open service for lesbian,...
Sunday 24 September 2017
women in conversation

Commissioner tells women they are greatest agents for change

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar has told Australia’s female leaders they are the greatest agents for change and empowerment in this country.Speaking at the Chief Executive Women’s annual dinner on 19...
Wednesday 20 September 2017

Once-in-a-generation opportunity to fix places of detention

Australia's ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) could be the single most positive step in a generation towards protecting the human rights of detainees, according to Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow...
Tuesday 19 September 2017
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous health response 'woeful' says UN investigator

The Close the Gap Campaign urges Australian governments to act on the recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.Special Rapporteur, Ms Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, said it is “woefully inadequate” that,...
Monday 18 September 2017