Tag: Australian Human Rights Commission

  • Do we need a new Human Rights Commissioner? Yes, but it’s complicated…

    Do we need a new Human Rights Commissioner? Yes, but it’s complicated…

    Adam Fletcher Tim Wilson has just announced his resignation as human rights commissioner to seek Liberal Party preselection for the federal seat of Goldstein. Wilson resigned from the party in 2013 to work at the Australian Human Rights Commission and is now heading back into the political fold. So the question now is: does Australia […]

  • Australia gets a rigorous human rights review in Geneva

    Australia gets a rigorous human rights review in Geneva

    By Marius Smith and Sarah Joseph We were lucky enough to be on hand in Geneva overnight to witness Australia’s appearance at the UN Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review. More than 100 nations reviewed Australia’s human rights record and made approximately 300 recommendations on how Australia can strengthen human rights protection. […]

  • Questions submitted in advance of Australia’s Universal Periodic Review

    By Marius Smith As Australia prepares to submit itself to the Universal Periodic Review over the next few hours, you can get an idea of what topics might come up by looking at the countries that have submitted questions to Australia in advance. More than a dozen countries have done so, and we have broken them […]

  • The World Reviews Australia’s Human Rights Record

    110 states have signed up to speak at Australia’s review, which is the fifth greatest number of states for this entire cycle.

  • Open letter in support of the Australian Human Rights Commission

    The following open letter was sent to editors of a number of Australian media publications regarding recent political attacks on the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs. Its signatories included a number of Castan Centre academics. If you would like to add your name in support of this letter, please do […]

  • Freedom, the sublime and the patriotic

    Speech to Castan Centre for Human Rights Law Gala Dinner by  Keynote Speaker Dr Tim Soutphommasane, Federal Race Discrimination Commissioner During the past year or so, I have been constantly asked two questions with unerring predictability. One: Should the Racial Discrimination Act be amended? Two: How is everyone getting along at the Australian Human Rights […]