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Australia needs to deliver on our treaty promises

By Lorraine Finlay, Australia's Human Rights Commissioner  
 Australia ratified the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) back in 2017, an important international treaty which helps protect the rights of people in any form of detention. 
 As with any agreement...

Race Discrimination

New report lays foundations for Australia’s first National Anti-Racism Framework

The Australian Human Rights Commission has published a new report that provides an evidence base and vital next steps for developing a coordinated, national approach to combatting racism in Australia. The report identifies data collection and education on racism, and cultural safety as key themes...

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Sex Discrimination

Seeking Expressions of Interest for next Sex Discrimination Commissioner

The Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the full-time statutory position of Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission. 
 The Sex Discrimination Commissioner is responsible for the promotion and...

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Artificial intelligence and anti-discrimination: Major new publication

Growth of ‘big data’ and artificial intelligence underlines the need for clarity on anti-discrimination law Actuaries Institute and Australian Human Rights Commission collaborate to proactively address this risk with major new Guidance Resource Targeted at those working in insurance pricing and...

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Sex Discrimination

National Press Club Address: Changing Laws, Changing Behaviours, Changing Lives

Speech by Australia's National Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, to the National Press Club on 30 November, 2022. [Check against delivery] Acknowledgments Thank you, Laura, for that kind introduction, and thank you to the National Press Club for having me today. I want to begin by...

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Sex Discrimination

Time for respect: One third of workers say they have experienced sexual harassment

A major survey by the Australian Human Rights Commission has found one in three workers report having experienced sexual harassment in their workplace over the past five years. The survey found that reporting of workplace sexual harassment remains alarmingly low, at only 18%. Women (41%) were far...

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Sex Discrimination

Passage of ‘Respect@Work’ Bill is a major step in preventing harassment

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomed the passage through Federal Parliament today of the ‘Respect at Work’ Bill – a milestone in addressing workplace sexual harassment in Australia. The Bill creates a positive duty requiring employers to implement measures to prevent sexual harassment...

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Age Discrimination

Ageism as a factor of elder abuse (2022)

Queensland Law Society Keynote: Succession and Elder Law Conference Friday 11th November, 2022 Conference Centre, Hotel Grand Chancellor Brisbane (Check against delivery) Introduction I would like to thank the Queensland Law Society for inviting me to open today’s Succession and Elder Law Conference...

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Children's Rights

Governments must urgently address youth justice crisis

The Australian Human Rights Commission calls on all Australian governments to urgently address the national crisis in youth justice to prevent further harm to children in detention, and to reduce youth offending through effective systems of support.

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