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Tomorrow is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.This year, Age Discrimination Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM has warned t...
14/06/2024

Tomorrow is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

This year, Age Discrimination Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM has warned that Australia has "a long way to go" before it can curb this nationwide problem.

Despite growing awareness of elder abuse and a new National Plan in development, the Commissioner warns rates of such abuse will likely continue to increase - citing the current cost-of-living crisis as a key risk factor in exacerbating potential abuse.

Commissioner Fitzgerald said he was also concerned by the latest figures from the National Elder Abuse phone line, which recorded 9,085 calls from July 2023 until the end of May 2024 – a 36% jump from the same period the previous year.

“This is a significant increase and a timely wakeup call for all of us this World Elder Abuse Awareness Day that we all need to be vigilant,” Commissioner Fitzgerald said.

Read more: https://loom.ly/bKytcvI

We analysed over 3,000 recommendations from 61 reports and inquiries into child protection and youth justice systems in ...
13/06/2024

We analysed over 3,000 recommendations from 61 reports and inquiries into child protection and youth justice systems in Australia between 2010 and 2022. What did we find?

Six themes repeatedly emerged across the research, suggesting a wealth of existing evidence on how best to support vulnerable children and young people that can guide effective reform. Read the full report now: https://loom.ly/1VK7svc

This report was a collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies, funded by The Ian Potter Foundation

The National Children’s Commissioner has today released the report “Do Things With The Information We Tell You,” documen...
12/06/2024

The National Children’s Commissioner has today released the report “Do Things With The Information We Tell You,” documenting Phase 1 of the three year project Supporting Quality Engagement with children.

Children and young people said they want to see action based on what they told us of their lived experience. It’s not enough to just listen to children, we need to take seriously what they are telling us about the systems that are failing to meet their needs.

The report details the findings from Australia-wide consultations with 232 children and young people from a variety of backgrounds including First Nations, culturally and linguistically diverse, living with disability, and those with lived experiences of child s*xual abuse.

During consultations, children and young people identified numerous gaps in service provision and clearly articulated their ideal solutions for improving supports and services for themselves and their families. Read more the report at https://loom.ly/pKMlB_E

Your experience with home schooling or teaching during the pandemic could help shape future emergency planning responses...
12/06/2024

Your experience with home schooling or teaching during the pandemic could help shape future emergency planning responses in Australia. Tell us your story at https://loom.ly/P9zJg3U

Neville Bonner’s historic appointment on 11 June 1971 occurred nine years after Indigenous Australians gained the right ...
11/06/2024

Neville Bonner’s historic appointment on 11 June 1971 occurred nine years after Indigenous Australians gained the right to vote in Australia.

In his first speech to the Senate during the 1971-1972 Budget, Bonner said:

“First and foremost, I participate here as an Australian citizen… As an Australian, I am concerned for the future of my country, for the welfare of its people and for the quality of life that they enjoy.

However, I am conscious of the fact that I am the first member of my race to participate in parliamentary proceedings. I am proud that, however long it has taken, this form of participation has been achieved.”

A trailblazer who left a powerful legacy and paved the way for more Indigenous Australians to enter Federal Parliament, his remarkable journey reminds us there is still a long way to go to reach equality and justice for Indigenous Australians.

Our final session of the Conference is underway: Reflecting on the 40th Anniversary of Australia’s S*x Discrimination Ac...
07/06/2024

Our final session of the Conference is underway: Reflecting on the 40th Anniversary of Australia’s S*x Discrimination Act.

S*x Discrimination Commissioner Anna Cody moderates this discussion on the landmark Act, featuring heroes from Australia’s fire wave of feminism and high-profile contemporary advocates from the First Nations, q***r, and disability communities.

This incredible panel includes advocates Chris Ronalds, Norma Ingram, A/Prof Ramona Vijeyarasa, Anna Brown, Samantha Connor, and Aisya Zaharin.

► 700+ delegates pledge support for a national Human Rights Act ► 60+ speakers ► 1200+ attendees over two days ►12 panel...
07/06/2024

► 700+ delegates pledge support for a national Human Rights Act
► 60+ speakers
► 1200+ attendees over two days
►12 panels

Before the conclusion of our historic Free + Equal Conference, more than 700 human rights advocates from across Australia have called on the Federal Government to introduce a Human Rights Act.

A big thank you to everyone who participated in these timely and significant discussions about human rights and the urgent need for a Human Rights Act in Australia.

Read the statement supported by delegates in full: https://loom.ly/s28-mvI

More Conference highlights to come!

07/06/2024

Moderator and Race Discrimination Commissioner, Giridharan Sivaraman, begins our penultimate session at the Free + Equal Conference: how to advance Australia’s National Anti-Racism Framework to ensure there is a national plan to tackle the complex and intersectional issue of racism.

Our panellists are: political theory and Jewish studies academic, A/Prof Geoffrey Brahm Levey, Islamophobia Register of Australia CEO Nora Amath, racial justice expert Alan Wu, Nareen Young, Associate Dean, Indigenous Leadership and Engagement, UTS Business School, and writer and anti-racism advocate Sisonke Msimang.

Censorship, privacy, safety, digital self vs actual self, and trying to reinvent social media in a way that is safe for ...
07/06/2024

Censorship, privacy, safety, digital self vs actual self, and trying to reinvent social media in a way that is safe for children are being explored in the Bytes & Rights session at Free + Equal.

We're hearing from UNSW Chief Scientist Professor Toby Walsh, Privacy Commissioner Carly Kind, Daily Aus. founder Sam Koslowski and Cheek media founder and for purpose comms expert Hannah Ferguson. This session is moderated by Human Rights Commissioner Lorraine Finlay.

If Australia’s human rights framework is to be revitalised, accountability among governments and public servants must be...
07/06/2024

If Australia’s human rights framework is to be revitalised, accountability among governments and public servants must be improved. In our session ‘Keeping it Real’, our panellists consider how Australia can strengthen its ability to enforce human rights in a practical yet innovative way.

Hear from Prof. Kim Rubenstein, former Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls, Human Rights Law Centre CEO Caitlin Reiger, Les Malezer, and Federal MP Kylea Tink. Social Justice Commissioner Katie Kiss is this session’s moderator.

In Better For Everyone: Enhancing Australia’s anti-discrimination laws, the panel is discussing the current state of ant...
07/06/2024

In Better For Everyone: Enhancing Australia’s anti-discrimination laws, the panel is discussing the current state of anti-discrimination laws in Australia and proposing meaningful reforms to address existing gaps. We are hearing from human rights lawyers, academics and advocates Robin Banks, Professor Nareen Young, Kate Eastman, Ghassan Kassisieh, Associate Professor Sarah Moulds and Leanne Smith.

"The NDIS is a broken system. Our expectations aren't on the floor, they're below the ground. The value put on our lives...
07/06/2024

"The NDIS is a broken system. Our expectations aren't on the floor, they're below the ground. The value put on our lives and our quality of life is abysmal."

Advocate and author Hannah Diviney on the demoralising challenges facing Australians living with a disability.

Time for the three morning sessions of our Free + Equal Conference! At ‘Activating Equity: Participation as a Right’, ou...
07/06/2024

Time for the three morning sessions of our Free + Equal Conference!

At ‘Activating Equity: Participation as a Right’, our panellists shed light on the persistent barriers facing many of us from fully engaging in social, economic, and political life, and the strategies we can take to advance people’s right to equitable participation.

We are hearing from human rights advocates Hannah Diviney, Juliana Nkrumah, Val Fell, Zahra Al Hilaly, and Vanessa Turnbull-Roberts. Age Discrimination Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald is our moderator.

"For Australia to come of age as a modern independent democracy, I believe we need constitutional reform. We cannot allo...
07/06/2024

"For Australia to come of age as a modern independent democracy, I believe we need constitutional reform. We cannot allow our historically conservative and unambitious approach to our constitution define our future."

Human rights lawyer Jennifer Robinson with an equally powerful keynote address, outlining how vital it is for Australia to adopt a Human Rights Act.

"We must provide the principles of human rights. And they must be taught to every Australian school child, so they know ...
07/06/2024

"We must provide the principles of human rights. And they must be taught to every Australian school child, so they know they are born free and equal in dignity and rights."

An inspiring Hon. Michael Kirby holds aloft the Universal Declaration of Human Rights during the first keynote address this morning.

"While we commit to our domestic human rights challenges today, I ask that we begin today by acknowledging the devastati...
06/06/2024

"While we commit to our domestic human rights challenges today, I ask that we begin today by acknowledging the devastation felt around the world. Through quiet pause comes reflection."

Australian Human Rights President, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher opens day 2 of the landmark Free + Equal Conference.

For those unable to attend, some of the conference sessions will be streamed for FREE. Register for the live stream: https://loom.ly/d_VZoIs

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06/06/2024

A message from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk to launch today's Free + Equal Conference.

Selected sessions, including the keynote address by Michael Kirby and Jennifer Robinson will be livestreamed for free https://loom.ly/ttQkLnI

That's a wrap on Rights on Time!While there were varying views throughout the 90-minute debate, our panellists repeatedl...
06/06/2024

That's a wrap on Rights on Time!

While there were varying views throughout the 90-minute debate, our panellists repeatedly agreed that a national Human Rights Act was the best possible way to avoid the dystopian 2034 hypotheticals thrown their way.

A big thank you to all our panellists: Waleed Aly, Jennifer Robinson, Michael Kirby, Sisonke Msimang, Tanya Hosch, and President Rosalind Croucher. And also to Nazeem Hussain and host Adam Spencer.

We hope to see you tomorrow for day two of this landmark human rights conference!

Selected conference sessions will be live streamed for FREE for people who can't attend. Visit freeandequal.com.au/ahrc2024/virtual/Site/Register

Tonight marks the start of the landmark national human rights forum, the Free + Equal Conference, as part of the Vivid S...
06/06/2024

Tonight marks the start of the landmark national human rights forum, the Free + Equal Conference, as part of the Vivid Sydney festival.

We kick things off with 'Rights on Time', and all-star show that sees leading thinkers like Waleed Aly, Jennifer Robinson and the Hon. Michael Kirby debate future human rights dilemmas, and tussle how a Human Rights Act could protect us in a hypothetical (but plausible) 2034.

Follow the conversation on social media.

Commission President Rosalind Croucher was on ABC Radio National this morning making the case for an Australian Human Ri...
05/06/2024

Commission President Rosalind Croucher was on ABC Radio National this morning making the case for an Australian Human Rights Act.

"A Human Rights Act is the foundation piece, but it's also about improving Australia's overall human rights framework, delivering human rights education, and developing a culture of respect for human rights. These improvements would strengthen our parliamentary democracy."

The interview aired ahead of the Free + Equal Conference this week and hot on the heels of the parliamentary committee recommendation for improvements to our human rights framework.

You can listen to the interview https://loom.ly/EKul5OI

Can’t make the Free + Equal Conference in Sydney? You can watch selected sessions from the full-day program on Friday 7 ...
04/06/2024

Can’t make the Free + Equal Conference in Sydney?

You can watch selected sessions from the full-day program on Friday 7 June via a FREE live stream.

See the keynote address by Michael Kirby and Jennifer Robinson, as well as sessions on a Human Rights Act, preventing racism, gender equality, the right to participation and government accountability.

Register for the live stream at https://loom.ly/ttQkLnI

Your experience being a student during the pandemic could help shape future emergency planning responses in Australia. T...
03/06/2024

Your experience being a student during the pandemic could help shape future emergency planning responses in Australia. Tell us your story at https://loom.ly/P9zJg3U

Today we commemorate one of the most significant decisions in the history of Indigenous rights in Australia. The Mabo de...
03/06/2024

Today we commemorate one of the most significant decisions in the history of Indigenous rights in Australia. The Mabo decision, handed down by the High Court of Australia on June 3, 1992, overturned the doctrine of terra nullius and recognised the Indigenous people of Australia as the traditional owners of their lands.

The tireless fight of Eddie Koiki Mabo, Reverend David Passi, Sam Passi, James Rice and Celuia Mapo Sale lasted ten years. With Mabo becoming the first named plaintiff, the case became known as the Mabo Case. Sadly, he passed away before witnessing the triumph.

This landmark ruling has had a profound impact on Indigenous rights and reconciliation in our country. It has paved the way for land claims, cultural recognition, and the establishment of partnerships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

Yet, today 32 years later, the native title system—and related systems such as heritage and environmental management—are still not compliant with our rights under the core international treaties Australia has voluntarily signed, and which are articulated within a First Nations context in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

By commemorating Mabo Day, we honour Eddie Mabo and all those others who have fought for First Nations land justice, and we recommit ourselves to the hard work ahead to bring about a future where the rights of all Australians are recognised and respected.

📣4 days to go until the Free + Equal Conference on 6 and 7 June!This landmark forum is your opportunity to hear from Aus...
03/06/2024

📣4 days to go until the Free + Equal Conference on 6 and 7 June!

This landmark forum is your opportunity to hear from Australia’s leading human rights advocates about how a common tool for justice would help us grapple with wide ranging societal issues from racism to AI to gender equality.

The last remaining tickets are available for the Rights On Time panel show on 6 June.

Tickets are sold out for the Friday program but you can register for the FREE live stream and/or join the waiting list to attend at https://loom.ly/ttQkLnI

Race Discrimination Commissioner Giridharan Sivaraman has penned an op-ed in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age explo...
31/05/2024

Race Discrimination Commissioner Giridharan Sivaraman has penned an op-ed in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age exploring the commentary on racism in Australia. All too often, the person who calls out racism in Australia faces far more scrutiny than the racism itself.

Read the full piece here https://loom.ly/ZmlYifk

We welcome today's parliamentary report recommending a National Human Rights Act as part of a revitalised Human Rights F...
30/05/2024

We welcome today's parliamentary report recommending a National Human Rights Act as part of a revitalised Human Rights Framework.

This brings Australia closer than ever before to establishing the basic legal protections that Australians need.

You can learn more about the proposed Human Rights Act by tuning into the Free + Equal Conference next week via a free live stream. You’ll hear from more than 50 experts and community heroes about how Australia will benefit from these improvements to human rights protections.

You can also register to join the waiting list to attend in person.

Standard tickets for our Rights On Time panel show – the curtain raiser to the conference – are still available but selling fast.

Information and registrations: https://loom.ly/Y6Z0y9Q

Addressing workplace s*xual harassment has never been more critical, with 1 in 3 Australians having experienced it in th...
28/05/2024

Addressing workplace s*xual harassment has never been more critical, with 1 in 3 Australians having experienced it in the last 5 years. If you have been s*xually harassed at work, have your say through the AHRC’s project: https://loom.ly/zZOqi_I

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Katie Kiss, has marked Reconciliation Day by calling ...
27/05/2024

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Katie Kiss, has marked Reconciliation Day by calling on Australians to finally overcome generations of disadvantage and division when it comes to First Nations rights, and forge a path for unity. Read her statement here: https://loom.ly/Vpo0qPU

We’re pleased to announce that selected sessions of our upcoming Free + Equal Human Rights Conference will be livestream...
26/05/2024

We’re pleased to announce that selected sessions of our upcoming Free + Equal Human Rights Conference will be livestreamed for free for people who can’t attend the event in person.

The livestream on Friday 7 June will include the keynote address by Michael Kirby and Jennifer Robinson, all plenary sessions, and 2 breakouts sessions: Activating Equity: Participation as a Right, and Keeping It Real: Accountability And Human Rights.

People wanting to view the livestream can register at: https://loom.ly/ttQkLnI

We look forward to people across the country turning in to find out about a range of new approaches to advancing human rights in Australia. You can find out more about the Free + Equal Conference at: https://loom.ly/UAOpOrY

On this day seven years ago, First Nations people from all points of the southern sky presented the historic Uluru State...
26/05/2024

On this day seven years ago, First Nations people from all points of the southern sky presented the historic Uluru Statement from the Heart. The Statement is an invitation to the Australian people to engage in three key pillars of structural reform: Voice, Treaty and Truth.

The Commission affirms its support for the full implementation of the Uluru Statement as a step towards realising Indigenous rights, and implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: https://loom.ly/IIl4utI

The Commission's position statement can be found here: https://loom.ly/hgw9fa8

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