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2009 Media Release: For trafficked people, Government changes put human rights first

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Catherine Branson QC and Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick, praised the federal government’s changes to the Support for Victims of People Trafficking Program and the People Trafficking Visa Framework today as humanitarian and compassionate improvements which will help people recover from appalling violations of their basic human rights.

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Opening address to the 'Indigenous peoples and racism' Conference A Regional Meeting for the United Nations World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance by Dr William Jonas AM , Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner , Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 20 February 2001

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2009 Media Release: Mardi Gras: the perfect place to celebrate same-sex equality laws

Human Rights Commissioner, Graeme Innes, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, will join the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade tomorrow evening to celebrate the legislation, passed at the end of last year, that removes discrimination against same-sex couples across almost all Commonwealth laws.

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This program investigated the deaths of two teenagers in the Western Australian prison system in the light of a dramatic jump in the number of prison deaths in the state, especially among young white men. It uncovered a brutal system out of touch with the increasing number of unemployed and illiterate street kids flooding the gaols.

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Disability Disability Rights

Using the Disabiility Convention for practical change (2009)

Some of us here were sitting in a stuffy conference room in the UN headquarters in New York when the Working Group completed its drafting of the convention. It was only stuffy because - in true UN style - we had exceeded our time limit for the session, the interpreters had gone home, and the air-conditioning had been turned off. But for most of us, these disadvantages paled in the excitement of what we had achieved. And that excitement was amplified as we watched the General Assembly confirm our work.

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