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May 2024: Commission News | President's letter

Commission – General
May 2024 President's letter

Letter from the President: May 2024 

It has been a challenging time, with the tragic events at Bondi and Wakeley casting a sombre shadow. It's imperative that we condemn these acts of violence in the strongest possible terms and work together to ensure such tragedies do not occur again. 

The aftermath of these attacks has sparked heated debate in the media about the right to free speech, and the special duties and responsibilities that come with that right. As Race Discrimination Commissioner, Giridharan Sivaraman said: “These are difficult and distressing times. Emotions are understandably high, but it is important we ensure it does not spill into and angry or hateful response.” 


Visits from International delegations 

We’ve had the honour of hosting groups of international delegations, including the Singapore Ministry of Manpower, and the Taiwan Human Rights Commission, which has boosted visibility and coordination of international engagement developments and opportunities. Hosting such visits connects us as part of the broader international human rights system, as we play our unique role in protecting and promoting international human rights in Australia and advancing human rights globally. 

Staff from Australian Human Rights Commission, Singapore Ministry of Manpower, and the Taiwan Human Rights Commission

Free + Equal Conference

The Free + Equal Conference is fast approaching! Don’t miss the chance to be enlightened against the spectacular Vivid lights at the Rights on Time futuristic panel show, followed by the full day conference.  

The conference will include 12 engaging sessions and events over two days featuring a diverse line-up of more than 60 eminent experts, thought leaders, social justice advocates and community heroes. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this landmark event to improve how people in Australia experience access to justice, equity, compassion and respect. The full program and ticket information is available at


Wishing you a happy month ahead, 

President Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM FAAL FRSA FACLM (Hon)

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM