Bill of rights is essential to best serve human rights (2008)

Five years ago I began my term as the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, confident in the ability of the common law and a robust democracy to protect human rights. I leave convinced we need a major legal and cultural overhaul in...
Thursday 9 October 2008

The 'burden' that should be a blessing (2008)

We’re not short on pockets of ignorance – with workplaces that put older workers out to pasture and recruitment agencies which disregard anyone over 45 years of age. They’re selling their clients short, not to mention the potential unlawfulness of...
Wednesday 1 October 2008

Opinion Piece: Australia needs to declare support for Indigenous Peoples in...

This first anniversary has passed with little fanfare while we await the Australian Government to implement its commitment to formally support the Declaration at the UN. That support is likely to be forthcoming shortly – and the sooner this occurs...
Wednesday 24 September 2008

Opinion Pieces - Delay in same-sex fairness is wrong (2008)

The Coalition’s decision to send the Same-Sex Relationships (Equal Treatment in Commonwealth Laws – Superannuation) Bill 2008 - solely devoted to ending discrimination against same sex couples in superannuation laws - to a Senate Inquiry, is...
Friday 20 June 2008

Small business needs to think big about paid maternity leave (2008)

Most small businesses operate in a tight financial environment where solvency can be a day-to-day proposition, so it’s no surprise national workplace reforms cause concern.
Wednesday 18 June 2008

Racial equality re-examined (2008)

Australia is one of the most diverse nations on earth. Australians speak some 364 languages, of which 170 are Indigenous languages. Between 1996 and 1998, 52% of marriages in Australia were ‘mixed’ in the sense that they involved people from...
Monday 28 April 2008

Opinion Pieces - Protecting Australians' rights (2008)

The new century has thrown up enormous challenges, as well as breathtaking opportunities to us all. One such challenge is the protection of human rights.
Monday 28 April 2008

A question of human rights (2008)

As the Government points out on its Australia 2020 Summit website, the new century has thrown up enormous challenges, as well as breathtaking opportunities to us all.
Thursday 17 April 2008

Opinion Pieces - Overcoming the native title gridlock (2008)

In 1992, Eddie Mabo’s name became known across Australia. Sadly, as is far too common in native title proceedings, it was after his death that the High Court realised Eddie Mabo’s vision. The Court recognised Indigenous Australians’ fundamental...
Friday 11 April 2008

Time to adjust the work-life balance (2008)

That report provides more evidence of what many people around the country have been saying for years -- that trying to balance paid work and family responsibilities in knowledge businesses is hard. Incredibly hard.
Friday 11 April 2008