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This program exposed a legal loophole preventing South Australians with disabilities from giving evidence in court, leaving several cases of sexual abuse against people with intellectual disabilities untested in the State. Earning the trust of the families of alleged victims, Nance Haxton encouraged them to tell a story that not only exposed a major human rights dilemma, but reached Parliament House. An inquiry has since been established to investigate how to remedy the situation and avoid people with intellectual disabilities from being the target of predators. Since the story aired, the South Australian government has also pledged to close the loophole.

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Commission Commission – General

No place for racial hatred on the Internet

Commissioner McEvoy found that the Adelaide Institute had breached section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act by publishing material on the website, the consequences of which were 'vilificatory, bullying, insulting and offensive' to the Jewish population.

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Commission Commission – General

2008 Media Release: Government passes test on Indigenous Affairs – but only just

The Government’s National Apology to the Stolen Generations in February this year marked a line in the sand for the beginning of a new relationship with Indigenous peoples, but despite some terrific initiatives and hefty commitments, many things are still being done ‘to’ Indigenous people rather than ‘in partnership’ with them, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Tom Calma said at the Hawke Centre in Adelaide tonight.

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Discrimination Sex Discrimination

Work and Family Balance in 2008 – Community voices

It is a great pleasure to be invited to meet with such a highly skilled and dynamic group of people, especially on this momentous day for our nation, where this morning I sat with my colleagues at the Commission watching the Australian Parliament issue an apology to the Stolen Generations. I want to begin my talk today by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we are meeting, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, as well as acknowledging the resilience and the spirit of Indigenous people across the country.

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As Director of Kingsford Legal Centre, Anna Cody has provided high quality case work to thousands of disadvantaged people, as well as advocating for law reform to address systemic human rights breaches.

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2008 Media Release:End discriminatory access to public documents

Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Graeme Innes, today called upon government departments and agencies to improve their adherence to government standards and legislation that requires them to provide equal access to public information for people with disability.

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LexisNexis provides resources to more than 180 community legal centres, supporting access to justice for more than 200,000 people from disadvantaged backgrounds. By updating the publication, Federal Discrimination Law, and making it available free online; it enables employers to better understand their human rights obligations.

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Pregnancy in the workplace: Employer obligations to pregnant employees

At the Human Rights Commission 85 per cent of the complaints under the Sex Discrimination Act we received last year were related to the area of employment. 30 per cent were on the ground of pregnancy discrimination or parental status/family responsibility, a remarkable jump over the previous year of 18 percent! [1]

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Beyond Blue’s Invisible Discriminator campaign successfully highlighted the impact of insidious, subtle racism and discrimination on the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Using TV commercials and clear and accessible information on mental health and discrimination, Beyond Blue’s campaign focused on the link between racial discrimination and psychological distress.

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International Women's Day 1999

Whether you refer to me as the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, or "Head of the Gender Junkies living in cultural dream-time", a name I have acquired via a Sydney print media commentator, - or "big nagging nanny" - another name I have acquired thanks to a member of the public, who scrutinises my work and targets newspaper editors and the Prime Minister to have his say about what I'm doing - the reality is that I am in my current role required to take on board the consequences of Lena Lewis's concerns and indeed at times her struggles.

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