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Senate File Listing: 1 July 2021 – 31 December 2021

Tuesday 18 January, 2022

Senate File List for the Australian Human Rights Commission for 1 July 2021 – 31 December 2021.

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Human Rights Day Oration 2021: Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher

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.

Commission announces 2021 Human Rights Awards finalists

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.

Commission statement on appointment of Chief Executive

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.

Human Rights Day Oration 2020: Rosemary Kayess and Nas Campanella

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.

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Friday 10 September, 2021

Statement on the National Summit on Women's Safety

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.

Human Rights Commissioner, Ms Lorraine Finlay

Sunday 5 September, 2021

Ms Lorraine Finlay

Lorraine Finlay commenced her term as Human Rights Commissioner on 22 November 2021.