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Women with Disabilities

1. I wish to begin by quoting a wonderful woman who had enormous impact on me. Her honesty about her own struggle was admirable and taught me much about life. Women with disabilities suffer from the double-burden of being a woman in our persistently sexist society and being labelled as disabled in this persistently disability -phobic society.

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Commission – General

10th International Criminal Congress

The topic of this seminar is ‘Criminal Justice in a climate of fear’. The word terrorism is not mentioned and yet the subject invites discussion of the impact of terrorism on life and laws in Australia.

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Race Discrimination

Human Rights and Multiculturalism: Zita Antonios (1998)

Thank you for inviting me to speak at your first meeting in this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I would like firstly to acknowledge the Kaurna people on whose land we stand and thank them for welcoming us on to it.

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Sex Discrimination

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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Sex Discrimination

Pregnancy Discrimination: Hickie v Hunt and Hunt

The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission decision of Hickie v. Hunt & Hunt was made public in March of this year. The case dealt with the failure of a legal practice to accommodate a woman's family responsibilities. The Hickie case is not so much an example of discrimination on the grounds of "pregnancy" as Ms Hickie was not in effect discriminated against while pregnant. The discrimination, is however, inextricably linked to the fact that Ms Hickie had a child and consequently chose to work part time.

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Rights and Freedoms

Launch Mental Health Brochures & Fact Sheets

Diversity in Health is a conference about health. Multicultural Mental Health Australia is a multicultural health service. Vision Australia deals with issues and needs of people with print disability. What have these services and issues got to do with human rights, and why am I launching them? I'd like to reflect on these questions, and strongly argue that there is a fundamental connection between health and human rights.

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Rights and Freedoms


"....the fundamental conflict in the next millennium will not be primarily ideological or primarily economic. The great divisions among humankind and the dominating source of conflict will be cultural"...

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

Our Right to Protect our Knowledge

I begin by paying my respects to the Ngunnawal peoples, the traditional owners of this land. I pay my respects to your elders, past, present and future.

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Age Discrimination

Building a better cultural inheritance for an ageing Australia

Hon Dr Kay Patterson AO Age Discrimination Commissioner Keynote Address to National Press Club of Australia, Canberra Wednesday, 28 June, 2023 CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY Welcome Thank you Andrew Tillett (National Press Club Vice President) for your kind introduction. I am sometimes introduced...

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