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Submission date extended for the National Conversation - have your say

Rights Rights and Freedoms
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The Australian Human Rights Commission has extended the date to hear from anyone on the key human rights priorities for Australia into the future.
Submissions for the Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights project will be kept open until 29 November 2019.

How to get involved

The Commission has developed an Issues Paper and Discussion Papers which inform what protections currently exist, options for reform and asks questions that invite your views and experiences.
You can find the submissions portal here.
Commission President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher is calling on all Australians to step back and look at the landscape as a whole and recognise that our differences are strengths, not weaknesses.
“This is the chance for everyone in our community to be frank and genuine in acknowledging areas that need more work in terms of human rights protections, debating the options while maintaining tolerance and respect,” said President Croucher.
“I invite each and every one of you to join us in this conversation, because your views are valuable in making sure our children and our children’s children have the rights and freedoms they deserve."


The National Conversation was launched in December last year. Since then the Commission has held consultations and technical workshops.
Last month our keystone event, the Free and Equal Conference, was attended by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Her Excellency Dr Michelle Bachelet, as well leading human rights advocates and others in the fields of law, business, civil society, academia, media, Indigenous affairs and social justice, children and young people.

Video footage of the sessions at the conference is available here.