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Commission’s report into prolonged detention following visa cancellation

The Government should appoint an independent reviewer to examine the basis for the continued detention of people who have been in immigration detention for prolonged periods, including a detailed assessment of any risk they pose to the community, the President of the Australian Human Rights...

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Statement on travel ban and sanctions on Australians travelling from India

The travel ban on Australian citizens returning from India, accompanied by criminal sanctions under the Biosecurity Act, raises serious human rights concerns. The Commission supports the continuation of aid to the Indian Government as it copes with the current COVID-19 crisis, but the Commission...

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Greater scrutiny of emergency powers needed

The Australian Human Rights Commission has called for greater accountability to be embedded in laws that extend the Commonwealth’s power in the event of national emergencies. In its submission to a Senate inquiry examining the National Emergency Declaration Act 2020, the Commission recommended five...

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INFOGRAPHIC: Historical bias in AI systems

The example shown below is fictional but based on the types of scenarios that are known to occur in real life. AI systems are trained using data. AI systems learn patterns in the data and then make assumptions based on that data that can have real-world consequences. For example, if the training...

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