Human Rights Day Oration 2021
Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM
President, Australian Human Rights Commission
Friday, December 10, 2021
On behalf of the Australian Human Rights Commission, welcome to Human Rights Day for 2021!
I am speaking today from the traditional lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging—and to the traditional custodians of the lands from wherever you may joining me today.
Every year the Commission holds the Human Rights Awards to celebrate human rights achievements. It is a chance to acknowledge, congratulate and share the important work of organisations, businesses, and individuals across the nation.
The Australian Human Rights Commission has announced the appointment of Leanne Smith as the Commission’s new Chief Executive.
Ms Smith was appointed on 22 September 2021, following a publicly advertised and open recruitment process. She will begin in the position on 22 November 2021.
“My Commissioner colleagues and Commission staff join me in congratulating Ms Smith on her appointment,” said Commission President Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM.
The 2020 Human Rights Day Oration was delivered by leading disability rights advocate Rosemary Kayess, winner of the 2019 Human Rights Medal, and a contributor to the drafting of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Ms Kayess discussed the social transformation of CRPD and the impact it has had on the community as well as her work with the Disability Royal Commission, in conversation with ABC’s disability affairs reporter, Nas Campanella.
The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to participate in the National Summit for Women’s Safety and to contribute to the development of Australia’s second National Plan on the Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children. Violence is a human rights issue that needs urgent and coordinated action.
Ms Lorraine Finlay
Lorraine Finlay commenced her term as Human Rights Commissioner on 22 November 2021.