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Commission Commission – General

Commission statement on appointment of Chief Executive

The Australian Human Rights Commission has announced the appointment of Leanne Smith as the Commission’s new Chief Executive. 
 
 Ms Smith was appointed on 22 September 2021, following a publicly advertised and open recruitment process. She will begin in the position on 22 November 2021. 
 
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Discrimination Age Discrimination

Safety and Security for Older Women

National Summit on Women’s Safety Safety and Security for Older Women Dr Kay Patterson Age Discrimination Commissioner Via Video Conference Tuesday 7 September 2021 Introduction I would like to thank Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Senator the Hon Anne Ruston for inviting me to speak at this...

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Commission Commission – General

Statement on the National Summit on Women's Safety

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to participate in the National Summit for Women’s Safety and to contribute to the development of Australia’s second National Plan on the Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children. Violence is a human rights issue that needs urgent and coordinated action.

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Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Statement on passage of Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the passage of the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021. The Bill contains important reforms to address sexual harassment in Australian workplaces which were recommended by the Australian Human Rights Commission following its world-leading National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, Respect@Work.

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Asylum Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Commission statement on Australia’s response to Afghanistan crisis

A statement from the Australian Human Rights Commission: The Australian Human Rights Commission has serious concerns about the human rights situation in Afghanistan, heightened by the attacks on Kabul airport overnight, and the corresponding impacts on the Afghan diaspora in Australia.

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Commission Commission – General

Commission statement on Afghanistan

The Australian Human Rights Commission is deeply concerned about the unfolding situation in Afghanistan and the critical human rights threat to the Afghan people, and in particular Afghan women and girls, from the resurgence of Taliban control of the country.

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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Commission welcomes ParentsNext Inquiry recommendations

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the release of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights’ Inquiry report on the ParentsNext program. 
 
 The report, ParentsNext: examination of Social Security (Parenting payment participation requirements – class of persons) Instrument...

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