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Government must seize the moment for a National Human Rights Act

A new parliamentary report recommending a National Human Rights Act as part of a revitalised Human Rights Framework brings Australia closer than ever before to establishing the basic legal protections that Australians need. The report, tabled in Federal Parliament today, includes an example of...

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Rights and Freedoms

We need debate on sensible limits on free speech

When president Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the 1941 State of the Union address he spoke of four essential human freedoms people “everywhere in the world” ought to enjoy. The very first of these was freedom of speech and expression.Free speech was listed first because it is the bedrock of democracy. S...

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Rights and Freedoms

In silence, anti-Semitism and racism flourishes

This opinion piece by Human Rights Commissioner Lorraine Finlay appeared in The Nightly on Wednesday 27 March 2024. The foundation of universal human rights lies in recognising the inherent dignity and equal rights of every single human being.Human rights can’t be applied selectively. Every...

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Rights and Freedoms

Statement on the ruling of the International Court of Justice 26 January 2024

The Australian Human Rights Commission reiterates our calls for: human rights to be respected for Palestinians and Israelis; the need to uphold international humanitarian and human rights law; and the rights to protest, freedom of assembly and association. Following the interim ruling of the...

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Rights and Freedoms

Report tabled: Revitalising Australia’s commitment to human rights

Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus KC MP has tabled a report by the Australian Human Rights Commission that calls for a renewed National Human Rights Framework and National Human Rights Act to better protect the rights of all people in Australia. The report, Revitalising Australia’s...

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