Author: Sarah Joseph

  • Rights to bigotry and green lights to hate

    By Sarah Joseph, Monash University AAP/Stefan Postles Poor George Brandis. Our Attorney-General seems to have wedged himself on the issue of racial vilification. Soon after the election of the Abbott government, Senator Brandis defiantly declared that repeal of Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act would be his first task as Australia’s first law officer. […]

  • The Biennale Boycott Blues

    by Sarah Joseph The Sydney Biennale starts today after weeks of controversy over the severing of its relationship with Transfield, the company that runs the detention centre in Nauru and which will take over the one at Manus island. To recap, several artists withdrew from the Biennale in protest over its sponsorship arrangement with Transfield […]

  • Human Rights and International Law (24): 20 Years Ago, Dallaire Sent His “Genocide Fax”

    A very sad anniversary.

  • Tim Wilson, the Australian Human Rights Commission, and “balancing” human rights

    by Sarah Joseph (this post was originally published by The Drum on 19 December) Tim Wilson, former policy director for right-wing think-tank the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), has been appointed as the human rights commissioner. His remit will be in the area of “freedom”, focusing particularly on freedom of speech. Attorney-General George Brandis explained […]

  • Thoughts on Nelson Mandela

    by Sarah Joseph  (speech at the Monash University memorial service to Nelson Mandela at the Monash Religious Centre, 13 December 2013, 1pm) I am very honoured to be speaking today at this memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela, Madiba, was a true human rights inspiration, for his fight against apartheid, but even more so […]

  • Spies know more about us … but we know more about them

    By Sarah Joseph EPA/Ole Spata The revelations that Australia intercepted the communications of the President of Indonesia, his wife, and other prominent Indonesian politicians in 2009, have caused major ructions in the Australia/Indonesia relationship. But do these revelations not simply reveal that spies do their job? After all, it isn’t surprising that spies spy. And […]