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What Does A Human Rights Approach Offer In Improving The Health Of Indigenous Australians? - Speech by Tom Calma.

I would like to begin by acknowledging the Larrakia people, the traditional owners of the land where we meet today, and to pay my respects to their elders and thank Bilawara for her warm welcome. Our Kungarakan lands share a common border with the Larrakia so I am doubly pleased to acknowledge good neighbours. Can I also thank the Menzies School of Health Research and Professor Jonathan Carapetis for inviting me to speak tonight. It is an honour to be asked to deliver the first Menzies Oration in 6 years before such a distinguished group of people, and in my home town to boot.

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It is either in the middle of blazing row, or when you're on the hunt for a business shirt in the ironing basket and find clothes you had forgotten you owned, or when one of you is trying to explain away either your domestic incompetence or the long hours you work.

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Human Rights and Indigenous Education: Tom Calma (2006)

Social justice is also about recognising every person’s right to education. The Convention on the Rights of the Child places children's rights on the world's agenda. It is no surprise that it is the most widely ratified treaty in the world. Among the raft of important rights protected in that agreement, States (in international language State refers to a country) agreed that the education of children shall be directed to the development of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and for the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.

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Professional women: Choice and challenge

John Baistow, Chairman of Member Australia Credit Union, thank you for your sponsorship of the Malcolm MacIntosh Memorial Lectures and thank you for inviting me here today.

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An agenda for change - Launch of the Social Justice Report 2003 and Native Title Report 2003

I am speaking on behalf of Dr William Jonas, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner. Dr Jonas is unable to be here today, with doctors having advised him he is not able to fly at this time due to a recurring illness. Dr Jonas sends his apologies and has asked that I deliver this speech on his behalf. He has asked me to express to you his appreciation for attending today and to thank Parry Agius and Lowitja O'Donoghue for agreeing to speak at this launch.

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2006 HREOC media release: Migration laws must live up to Australia"s human rights commitments

Last week the United Nations Human Rights Committee found that Australia"s immigration detention regime breaches one of the most fundamental of all human rights obligations - the right to be protected from arbitrary imprisonment. The recent decision in D & E v Australia is the fifth time since 1997 that the UN Committee has found against Australia regarding mandatory detention.

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Senate Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education Committee Inquiry

The submission by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) to the Senate Employment, Workplace Relations, Small Business and Education Committee Inquiry regarding the Workplace Relations Legislation Amendment (More Jobs, Better Pay) Bill 1999 focuses on areas of specific concern to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner. The submission does not comment on the legislative scheme as a whole but rather on how the legislative framework proposed by the Government might operate to minimise potentially discriminatory impacts.

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Just over a month ago I wrote an opinion piece on reconciliation that was published in The Australian newspaper. That article was published on the eve of Corroborree 2000 and the handing over to the people of Australia of the declaration towards reconciliation by the Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation. In that article, I posed the following question:

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2006 Commission media release: New IR laws, same HREOC protections against dismissal on grounds of race, sex, disability & age

With the federal Government's new laws governing workplace relations coming into effect today, the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) would like to remind employers that federal and state equal opportunity laws still prohibit employers from dismissing people based on grounds covered under the race, sex, disability and age discrimination Acts.

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