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Human Rights Awards

Finalists for 2018 Government Award revealed

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Four finalists have been selected from a diverse range of nominations for the 2018 Human Rights Awards’ Government Award.

This year marks the first time our Awards recognise Government as a stand-alone category.

“There are many Government groups and individuals helping others overcome discrimination and isolation and building tolerance and respect in the community and further afield,” said Australian Human Rights Commission President, Professor Rosalind Croucher.

The finalists are;

Human Rights Awards 2017


Thank you, Aunty Norma Ingram, for your very warm welcome to country. The Australian Human Rights Commission is honoured to be here today on the ancestral lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. I pay my respects to elders past, present and future and warmly welcome any Indigenous guests attending today.

Attorney-General and other very distinguished guests, Commissioners, all seven of you, award finalists, family, welcome all.

Human Rights Medal finalists announced

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The Australian Human Rights Commission has announced six finalists for the 2017 Human Rights Medal.

Among them is Chrissie Foster and her husband Anthony. Sadly, Anthony passed away earlier this year, aged 64. The couple spent more than twenty years advocating and campaigning for survivors of child sex abuse, after two of their three daughters were abused by a Catholic priest in Melbourne. Their advocacy helped bring about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Finalists announced – Individual Community Award

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Five outstanding Australians have been named as finalists for the 2017 Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award.

“There are so many individuals working tirelessly to improve human rights in our communities,” said President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher.

“This Award is a chance for impressive Australians to be recognised for their dedication to human rights and it particularly highlights the profound impact that one person can have on an entire community,” she said.

Media Award Finalists

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This year saw a substantial increase in the number of nominations for the Media Award.

“The large number of nominations for the media category is testament to the strength of Australian journalism despite a rapidly changing media landscape.

“It is encouraging that so many journalists are producing high quality work on human rights issues,” said President Rosalind Croucher.

The 5 finalists are:

Awards nominations open

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Nominations are now open for the 2017 Human Rights Awards, giving all Australians the opportunity to nominate individuals, organisations, businesses or community groups for their dedication to human rights.

The eight Awards categories are:

Human Rights Medal

Wednesday 30 January, 2013
Human Rights Medal Finalists - from left: Dorothy Hoddinott AO, Noel Tovey (Pic credit: Ross Coffey), Michael Traill AM, Dr John Falzon