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Support for Anti-Racism Framework 

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In a report published in February, the Senate inquiry on ‘issues facing diaspora communities’ recommended funding the development of a comprehensive national anti-racism framework and to consider resourcing the Race Discrimination Commissioner to reinvigorate the existing National Anti-Racism Strategy. Race Discrimination Commissioner Chin Tan spoke to Nine newspapers about why funding both pieces of work is important. 
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An accessible home opens the door to health, happiness and work 

Dr Ben Gauntlett in kitchen setting

Dr Ben Gauntlett wrote an opinion piece for The Age on Australia’s approach to accessible housing and the need for meaningful policy reform. “We do not need generations of royal commissions that cost more than a new hospital to repeatedly tell us that it is cheaper, safer and better for people to live in circumstances where they are surrounded by family and friends,” he wrote. 
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Webinar: Register today for the Close the Gap Campaign report launch

Person at a rally holding sign saying 'Listen to our voices'

Join the Close the Gap Campaign leadership team for the launch of 'Leadership & Legacy through crisis: keeping our mob safe’. A report prepared by the Lowitja Institute for the Close the Gap Campaign.

The webinar will include a discussion on the report’s major findings, featuring Close the Gap Campaign Co-Chairs, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner June Oscar AO and National Association of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker & Practitioners (NAATSIHWP) CEO Karl Briscoe, CEO of Lowitja Institut Dr Janine Mohamed, and special guest Sir Michael Marmot.

When – National Close the Gap day, March 18
Time – 12pm AEDT
Where – Online via Zoom

Register here >>  



More from the Commission...

Commission on the Status of Women side event: Respect@Work 

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins

Join Kate Jenkins, Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner, and Dr Purna Sen, former UN Women Executive Coordinator, in conversation as they discuss new advances, challenges and opportunities in the fight against workplace sexual harassment.
Thursday 25 March, 10am AEDT
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A guide to combatting modern slavery

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The Commission, in collaboration with KPMG Australia, have launched a new, practical guide to support the financial services sector manage their modern slavery risks, and respond effectively to the Modern Slavery Act, using a rights-based approach.
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Submission on the Migration and Citizenship Bill 2020

Human Rights Commission, Edward Santow

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow will give evidence this week to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on the Migration and Citizenship Amendment (Strengthening Information Provisions) Bill 2020. The Commission made a submission on the proposed Bill, which recommends it not be passed in its current form.
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National approach to early childhood wellbeing

National Children's Commissioner Anne Hollonds

National Children’s Commissioner Anne Hollonds spoke to the Parliamentary Friends of Early Childhood at Parliament House last week. She talked about Australia’s once-in-a generation opportunity, as we emerge from the pandemic, to reset the national approach to early childhood wellbeing and the long-term benefits that may be gained.  
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