Staying at a hotel or motel will be easier if you are deaf or have a hearing impairment following an announcement today from the Hotel and Motel Accommodation Association. The Association launched a protocol for the provision of facilities for their customers, including:
Allow me to begin by acknowledging the people of the Wurundjeri nation, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and pay my respects to their elders both past and present.
The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) has welcomed the election of the Australian Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Mike Smith, to the Chair of the UN Human Rights Commission for 2004.
Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, called on the federal government today to take note of the results of a poll in which Australians overwhelmingly said they thought funding for a paid parental leave scheme should be Incorporated in the next federal budget.
I congratulate the Probation and Parole Officers' Association for their initiative in organizing this conference on Mental Health, Criminal Justice and Corrections.
Federal Human Rights Commissioner Dr Sev Ozdowski has welcomed a ground breaking program introduced by the Family Court which will give judges more control of custody cases and allow children more of a say in their future.
This marks the 20th Anniversary of the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (2004), the 10 year review of the Beijing Platform for Action (2005) and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee's review of Australia's report on its implementation of CEDAW (2005).
20 years ago today Kay Cottee sailed into Sydney Harbour, after spending 189 days as the first Australian, and the first woman, to circumnavigate the globe solo. As a sailor myself, I truly appreciate this epic achievement. When she set foot on land, she was asked how it felt to have conquered a man's world. "I was brought up to believe there is no such thing as a man's world or a woman's world" she said, "its everyone's world."
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