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Civil and Political Rights

Discussion paper: Priorities for federal discrimination law reform (2019)


Human Rights are not a foreign language—reflections on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM

President, Australian Human Rights Commission[∗]

University of Adelaide Faculty of Law

Tuesday 4 September 2018


I would like to begin my presentation by acknowledging the traditional custodians of this land, and to pay my respects to the elders, past and present, of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide plains and I also acknowledge any Indigenous guests in the audience today.

Early bird ticket sales end soon!

There is less than a week left to take advantage of discounted early bird tickets for the Free and Equal: An Australian Conversation on Human Rights conference. The special 20% discount will end on Monday 12 August.

The Free and Equal conference, featuring UN High Commissioner Dr Michelle Bachelet as the keynote speaker, will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney on Tuesday October 8.

Commission plans to reform discrimination law

An 11 point plan for reforming federal discrimination law was released today by Commission President,  Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher.

Speaking today at the NSW Legal Aid Conference in Sydney, President Croucher said the Paper is designed to provide a pathway for modernising federal discrimination laws.

Factsheet: Guide to the protections for freedom of religion (2019)


Rights and tech project moves into new phase

So far, more than 100 experts and community leaders have told the Commission what the rise of new technologies, like artificial intelligence, mean for our human rights.

The Human Rights & Technology Project is creating a reform framework to protect and promote our rights in this new era. It will focus on promoting innovation that enhances inclusion, while addressing the threat that new technology could exacerbate inequality and harm other rights.

Concerns over AFP raids on journalists

The Australian Human Rights Commission has serious concerns about the raids conducted by the Australian Federal Police this week on the home and offices of a number of journalists.
Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher and Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow said the journalists involved in these raids were reporting on important issues that go to the heart of our liberal democracy.  

Law, Lawyers and Human Rights

Law Week Breakfast
Law Society of Western Australia

Perth, 13 May 2019

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM,
President, Australian Human Rights Commission


Thanks to Greg McIntyre SC, President of the Law Society of Western Australia, for the wonderful invitation to speak at the opening of Law Week in Perth.  

Commission to develop practical resources on protecting freedom of religion in the workplace

The Australian Human Rights Commission will develop resources to help employers and employees navigate issues on protecting freedom of thought, conscience and religion in the workplace.

The Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow will lead this work, preparing guidance on how this right is currently protected under federal anti-discrimination law as well as some practical advice on how to handle these issues respectfully in Australian workplaces.

Jessie Street Trust Lunch

Friday 31 May, 2019

2019 Speaker: Tim Soutphommasane

Tim Soutphommasane is Professor of Practice (Sociology and Political Theory) at the University of Sydney. He is a political theorist and human rights advocate. From 2013 to 2018 he was Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. His thinking on patriotism, multiculturalism and national identity has been influential in debates in Australia and Britain.

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