Multiculturalism - A position paper by the Acting Race Discrimination Commissioner (2007)

This is my fourth year as the Acting Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC), a position I occupy in addition to that of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner....
Living Spirit: A dialogue on human rights and responsibilities

Living Spirit - Muslim Women's Project 2006

The Muslim Women’s Project was developed in response to the findings of the 2004 Ismaﻉ Report that found that the impact of racial and religious discrimination against Arab and Muslim Australians was most acutely felt by women.

Voices of Australia

In 1975 the Racial Discrimination Act came into force. It was Australia’s first federal law dealing with human rights. Thirty years on it continues to be a strong statement about our shared values – that racism and discrimination have no place in...
Face the Facts 2005

Face the Facts 2005

Face the Facts remains the Australian Human Rights Commission's most requested publication. It was first published in 1997 and updated in 2001 and again in 2003. The demand for clear factual information about immigrants, refugees and Indigenous...

Guide to the Racial Hatred Act

The Racial Hatred Act, introduced in October 1995, extends the coverage of the RDA so that people can complain to the Australian Human Rights Commission about racially offensive or abusive behaviour. It aims to strike a balance between two valued...

Cyber-Racism: racial hatred on the internet (2002)

"On the other hand the Internet can be considered as a very important facility to combat racial and other forms of discrimination as well as a source of information and means to co-ordinate international action." [2]

Review Of The 1994 Water Report (2001)

That the Race Discrimination Commissioner review progress made in the wake of this Report in the light of the recommendations, the Government's response to the Report, and the state of water and sanitation services in the ten case study communities...

On the Sidelines: Disability and People from Non-English Speaking Background Communities (2000)

People with disabilities from non-English speaking backgrounds face multiple layers of disadvantage. They are often marginalised within their own communities and they face discrimination within the broader community on the basis of their race,...
New Country, New Stories cover 1999

New Country, New Stories (1999)

People from all over the world have come to Australia either of their own volition as migrants, or as refugees to escape human rights violations in their former homelands. While their reasons for coming may differ, once here, they share the same...

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.