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Farewell to National Children's Commissioner

March 24, 2020

This week, staff at the Australian Human Rights Commission were planning to gather to farewell our colleague Megan Mitchell, who has finished her seven-year term as Australia’s inaugural National Children’s Commissioner.

While we had looked forward to celebrating Megan and her significant achievements as Commissioner, those celebrations have of course now been postponed and we look forward to gathering at a later date.

2018-2019 Senate Order for Entity Contracts Listing Relating to the Period 01 Jan 2019 to 31 December 2019

Thursday 6 February, 2020

Pursuant to the Senate Order for entity contracts the following table sets out contracts entered into by the Australian Human Rights Commission which provide for a consideration to the value of $100,000 or more (GST inclusive) and which:

a. have not been fully performed as at 31 December 2019, or

b. which have been entered into during the 12 months prior to 31 December 2019

Meet the 2019 Young People's Human Rights Medal finalists

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Hear from our Young People’s Human Rights Medal finalists whom we’re supporting and acknowledging at this year’s ceremony on 13 December 2019.

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Media statement: Use of force in immigration detention

Fourteen complaints about the use of force in immigration detention form the basis for a comprehensive thematic report by the Australian Human Rights Commission tabled in Parliament

The report considers the practices of handcuffing detainees, use of physical force within centres including arm and elbow locks, operations conducted by the Emergency Response Team (ERT), and the use of face masks.

More finalists are announced for this year’s Human Rights Awards

We’re thrilled to announce the finalists for our Government, Law, and Racism. It Stops With Me award categories.

These finalists were chosen from a large group of prestigious nominees and are committed to the promotion of human rights in areas ranging from LGBTQI+ rights, to the prevention of slavery and human trafficking.

Please see below for this year’s finalists:

Government Award

Armidale Regional Council

Lecture celebrates 44 years since Race Discrimination Act

The 5th Annual Kep Enderby Memorial Lecture will see award-winning Australian author Thomas Keneally AO in conversation with SBS World News Presenter Janice Petersen.

Hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, this year’s event is entitled ‘The Moveable Feast – Australia and race hate as experienced in the lifetime as an observer’.

The event, which takes place every year on 31 October, marks the anniversary of the Racial Discrimination Act, introduced in 1975 by former federal Attorney-General the Hon. Kep Enderby QC.

e-Bulletin, 2 September 2019

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