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In May last year I stepped down from my position as a Judge of the Federal Court to accept the role as President of HREOC. It has been a time of new challenges, such as the need to balance the legislative and administrative responsibilities that the Commission has been given by the federal government, with the important role of advocating for the rights of those on the margins of Australian society.

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Nyadol Nyuon is a strong and effective advocate on behalf of the African-Australian community.  Nyadol has been prominent in media debates around race and on a range of human rights issues.  Most recently this has included responding to a wave of negative stereotyping and mis-representation of Melbourne’s South Sudanese community.

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The title of this session on the conference program is 'The history of human rights in Australian law'. I have chosen to slightly change the topic for a number of reasons. The main reason is because Indigenous peoples' struggle for recognition of their human rights remains to a large extent unfulfilled. Consequently, it is not, and has never been, well reflected in Australian law. Second, because human rights continue to be poorly and rather patchily implemented in our legal system.

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Submissions now open: Human Rights and Technology Discussion Paper.
Due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid-19, the Commission has extended the deadlines for submissions to 5pm on Tuesday, 14 April 2020.

For more information on this project, see

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Advancing equality in education and beyond

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.

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