Human Rights Day Oration

Measuring success, one year since the Northern Territory Royal Commission

The Hon Margaret White AO and Mick Gooda delivered the Human Rights Day Oration in Sydney last night, to mark the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.The event also marked one year since the Royal Commission into the Protection...
Tuesday 11 December 2018
David Woodroffe receiving the 2017 Law Award with Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow and Commission President Rosalind Croucher; photographed by Matt Syers

Lawyer urges justice diversion for Indigenous youth

By Siobhan Ryan David Woodroffe, Principal Legal Officer for the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), says diverting Aboriginal children away from the criminal justice system must be the priority of Northern Territory legal reform....
Tuesday 11 December 2018

Sexual harassment - "just part of the job"

It has been a significant month for gender equality, particularly in Victoria, where I have just conducted consultations for the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.For the first time in history the State Government...
Friday 7 December 2018
Human Rights and Technology

Encryption law fails on rights

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow warns significant threats to human rights remain despite some improvements to Australia’s encryption law.“Police and security agencies must be equipped with robust powers to protect our national security....
Friday 7 December 2018

Guidelines for special measures: Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth)

The Australian Human Rights Commission has published refreshed guidelines for the use of special measures under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth).Special measures are positive actions used to promote equality for disadvantaged groups, which are...
Thursday 6 December 2018
Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan

Race Discrimination Commissioner wants national conversation about hate,...

I’ll start by acknowledging that we are gathered this evening on Dharawal country, and I pay my respects to the First Peoples of this land, and elders past, present and emerging.May I thank the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra for the...
Thursday 6 December 2018
Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan

National conversation needed about hate, prejudice and racism

The Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan has called for a national conversation about hate, prejudice and racism.Speaking in Wollongong last night, at the Multicultural Communities Council of Illawarra’s Annual General Meeting, Commissioner Tan...
Thursday 6 December 2018
Sydney Gay & Lesbian choir with rainbow flags and umbrellas

Last Chance for Awards Tickets

By Siobhan RyanDon’t miss your opportunity to hear from some of Australia’s leaders in human rights advocacy at this year’s Human Rights Awards, hosted by ABC presenter Jeremy Fernandez.This year’s finalists for the Human Rights Medal and Young...
Monday 3 December 2018
Commissioner Edward Santow speaking at the G7

Talking AI at the G7

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has today discussed the opportunities and challenges artificial intelligence poses to our rights, at a G7 conference in Montreal.Building on the G7 Innovation Ministers’ Statement on Artificial...
Monday 3 December 2018
Child labour in brick kilns

Historic Modern Slavery Act enabled

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the passing of the country’s first Modern Slavery Act.The law requires companies with a turnover of more than $100 million to report on their efforts to address modern slavery in their operations...
Friday 30 November 2018