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New report aims to help fast-track Australia’s OPCAT implementation process

A new report released today by the Australian Human Rights Commission outlines activities required to expedite Australia’s sluggish approach to implementing the United Nation’s Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT)...

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Reflections on women and human rights

Thank you to the Lyceum Club for inviting me to speak, and to Christine Yeats and Judith White for your warm introduction. I recall that for my late mother, Dr Amy McGrath OAM, the revival of the Sydney Lyceum Club was very special. In sorting through papers of my parents, following the passing of...

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What is happening in Ukraine should matter to every Australian

OPINION 
 
 There is almost 13,000km between Australia and Ukraine. It is literally on the other side of the world. 
 
 Given the vast distances that separate us, it would be easy to claim that what happens there has nothing to do with us. 
 
 That Australia should focus instead on the many challenges...

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Time for review on COVID-19 border and quarantine restrictions

OPINION 
 
 With the McGowan Government announcing earlier this week that the Western Australian hard border will ease on February 5, 2022, Australia is inching ever closer to border closures becoming a thing of the past. 
 
 But while many of us would like this to be true, it is important to realise...

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Lorraine Finlay commences term as Human Rights Commissioner

Lorraine Finlay has commenced her term as Human Rights Commissioner. Commissioner Finlay, whose appointment was announced in September, said she was looking forward to working to protect and promote human rights and freedoms with her colleagues at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Loss of freedoms and rights has harmed us

OPINION
 November 18, 2021 
 
 Ronald Reagan famously said that “freedom is a fragile thing and it’s never more than one generation away from extinction”. For many Australians, until recently, freedom has been something we have largely been able to take for granted in our daily lives. 
 
 But with...

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Commission welcomes ParentsNext Inquiry recommendations

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the release of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights’ Inquiry report on the ParentsNext program. 
 
 The report, ParentsNext: examination of Social Security (Parenting payment participation requirements – class of persons) Instrument...

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