Elizabeth Hastings

FounDDAtions: Reflections on the first five years of the Disability Discrimination Act in Australia

As I reach the end of my appointment as the first Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and in the light of proposed structural and funding changes to the Commission, I am drawn to reflect upon the theory and practice, challenges and developments...
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The Overlooked Consumers – 20% of the Australian Population with Disabilities and Older People

Every day, one in five Australians experiences difficulties or frustrations in performing everyday tasks with everyday things, such as consumer electronics and appliances. As technology develops, an increasing proportion of products are...
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Human Rights for Australia's Gays and Lesbians (1997)

Gay men and lesbians face widespread discrimination on the basis of their sexual orientation as do persons of trans-gender identity. The full realisation and protection of human rights and equality of opportunity require the adoption of positive...
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Bringing them home: The 'Stolen Children' report (1997)

Report, video and resources for Bringing Them Home: The 'Stolen Children' report (1997)

The RDA and native title (1997)

The response to the High Court’s Wik decision has given rise to intense discussions about the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (RDA), the Australian Constitution and the future of native title, among other things.

The Racial Hatred Act: A Guide for People Working in the Australian Media (1997)

 The Racial Hatred Act: A Guide for People Working in the Australian Media (1997) Click here to enterProduced by the Race Discrimination Commissioner1997

Indigenous Deaths in Custody:

A Report prepared by the Office of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

Annual Report 1995 - 1996

Dear AttorneyI have pleasure in presenting the Annual Report of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for the period ended 30 June 1996, pursuant to section 45 of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Act 1986. The report has been...

Sexual Harassment and Educational Institutions: A Guide to the Federal Sex Discrimination Act (1996)

Educational institutions have important dual responsibilities under the Sex Discrimination Act because they are both employers and providers of education. They are places of learning for students and workplaces for staff. Institutions need to ensure...
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Human Rights and Mental Illness: Victoria

The terms of the original National Inquiry covered all aspects of the human rights of people affected by mental illness, including human rights in relation to institutional and non-institutional care and treatment.