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United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
Aboriginal Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The Declaration is the most comprehensive tool we have available to advance and protect the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. I use the Declaration as my guide as Social Justice Commissioner.

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Disability Disability Rights

Living wills

About the Commission's work on "living wills", or advance directives, and their potential in the mental health area.
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Bush Talks: Rural Health

In 1998 and 1999 the Commission (then known as HREOC) visited regional, rural and remote areas in every State and the Northern Territory as part of the Bush Talks consultations.
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Human Rights Briefs (1999 - 2001)

The Human Rights Brief provides legal practitioners, community advocates and others with guidance on the content and scope of human rights and fundamental freedoms in Australia and their use in Australian law. Each number will cover a specific topic.
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The Equal Pay Handbook

The Equal Pay Handbook is designed to assist employers to meet their obligations under federal industrial and anti-discrimination legislation. It is also relevant to employees, equity practitioners and unions. It contains essential equal remuneration principles, explanatory material, case law, case...
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Disability Disability Rights

The Sterilisation of Girls and Young Women in Australia: 1997 report

The legal framework regulating sterilisation of children in Australia was set out by the High Court in Marion's Case in 1992. It sought to ensure heightened accountability in decision making in an area where children are at significant risk of grave abuse of their fundamental human right to bodily...
Rights Rights and Freedoms

Discrimination on the Ground of Trade Union Activity

Report to the Attorney-General on an inquiry by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (the Commission) into a complaint of discrimination on the ground of trade union activity under the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986 (Cth)(the Act).
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Disability Disability Rights

The Overlooked Consumers

A Discussion Paper examining the Access, Challenges and Emerging Possibilities for Consumer Electronics and Home Appliances.
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Glass Ceilings and Sticky Floors

Glass Ceilings and Sticky Floors confirms the findings of previous studies: that women are concentrated in part-time, lower-grade work with limited opportunities for training and advancement. The report identifies the barriers to equality and proposes recommendations for change aimed at producing...
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Human Rights and Euthanasia

Euthanasia, or voluntary assisted suicide, has been the subject of much moral, religious, philosophical, legal and human rights debate in Australia. At the core of this debate is how to reconcile competing values: the desire of individuals to choose to die with dignity when suffering, and the need...
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Stretching Flexibility

Stretching Flexibility examines the impact on women workers of demands to work increasingly flexible hours and changes to working time arrangements being negotiated in enterprise agreements. The report recommends that the ACTU develop a comprehensive policy on working time arrangements, building on...
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

The Human Rights of Rural Australians

Every person in Australia, regardless of who they are or where they live, is entitled to respect for and protection of their human rights. People living in remote, rural and regional Australia often find it harder to fully enjoy their human rights because of their location.
Disability Disability Rights

Education and disability

People with disabilities have the same human rights as all members of the community.
Disability Disability Rights

Human Rights and Disability Projects 1989 -2005

As well as performing functions under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992, the Commission undertakes a range of projects concerning the human rights of people with disabilities by reference to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. From time to time we will publish here...
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Rights Rights and Freedoms

Housing, homelessness and human rights

People experiencing homelessness face violations of a wide range of human rights. Access to safe and secure housing is one of the most basic human rights. However, homelessness is not just about housing.

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