I would like to begin by acknowledging the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their elders past and present.
The last public hearing for the Same-Sex: Same Entitlements National Inquiry will be held in Canberra. The Inquiry is conducting an audit of Commonwealth, State and Territory laws to develop a full list of circumstances in which same-sex couples and their children may be denied financial and/or work-related benefits and entitlements that heterosexual couples enjoy.
I am honoured to have been invited to address you this evening on this beautiful campus of the Flinders University of South Australia. Let me begin my address by recalling that, long before the establishment of this prestigious place of learning in the European tradition, there was learning of another tradition here; the learning of the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains.I would like to acknowledge the Kaurna people, the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, and pay my respect to their elders, past and present.
We are here to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Bringing them home – the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families.
Health Minister Tony Abbott’s speech yesterday to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Conference created quite a stir, particularly for his suggestion that ‘a form of paternalism based on competence rather than race’ is needed for some Aboriginal communities facing social problems.
It is now 12 months since the introduction of WorkChoices radically restructured Australia’s industrial relations system. Today, I propose to reflect on the implications of WorkChoices for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) and to outline reforms HREOC believes are necessary to safeguard fairness and equality in the workplace.
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2006 HREOC media release: Commissioner welcomes the announcement of petrol sniffing rehabilitation facility in SA
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Social Justice Commissioner, Tom Calma, today congratulated the South Australian Government on announcing the construction of the nation's first rehabilitation clinic for petrol sniffers.
At the start of the ceremony today a formal acknowledgement was made of our presence on the land of the Kaurna people. The Council of this University at its meeting in October 2004 resolved that this acknowledgement would be made at all major University of Adelaide functions. It is appropriate that something be said about the significance and reasons for the acknowledgment during these, the first group of graduation ceremonies after the Council resolution.
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