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Neville AcArthur, Lake Baker, 2007, 1022 x 765 mm: acrylic on linen, Kayili Artists, Lagerberg-Swift Collection

Ngaanyatjarra: Art of the Lands

By Oliver Ramsay

This article is part of our June theme, which focuses on Indigenous People and their human rights. Read our Editorial for more on this theme. The Ngaanyatjarra lands stretch west some 1,000 kilometers from Alice Springs. They’re some of the remotest lands in the country and are home to 2,000 Aboriginal people spread across ten tiny […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

1st June 2012 VEOHRC releases report on children relinquished into state care The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has released a report that examines instances where children with a disability are relinquished into state care. The report found that 50 or more families are surrendering the day to day care of children with […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

 25 May 2012 High Court Challenge to indefinite detention Human rights lawyer David Manne has lodged a challenge in the High Court against the Australian governments policy of indefinite detention on the grounds of ASIO security assessments.  The case will argue that refugees should have the right to an independent review of their security assessments. […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

18 May 2012 Board member of VEOHRC offers resignation after opposing same-sex marriage Professor Kuravilla George has offered to resign from his position on the Board of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission after publicly opposing same-sex marriage. As a signatory to a submission from “Doctors of the Family” to a Senate Committee […]

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THIS WEEKS HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

4 May 2012 Announcement of new Commonwealth Children’s Commissioner The Commonwealth Attorney-General has announced that the Government will appoint a Children’s Commissioner to sit within the Australian Human Rights Commission. Commission president Catherine Branson has said that, “currently there is no coordinated approach to protecting children’s rights across Australia” and that there are many groups […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

13 April 2012 Sentencing Advisory Council releases report on sentencing children and young people in Victoria The Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council has released a report which aims to fill the gap in publicly available data on the sentencing of young offenders in Victoria. Sentencing Children and Young People in Victoria Report includes a discussion of […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

6 April 2012 Landmark Parliamentary Inquiry recommends capping length of asylum seeker detention A landmark parliamentary inquiry has found that all reasonable steps should be taken to ensure that asylum seekers are housed in detention for no longer than 90 days. The inquiry also recommended that refugees declared to be security threats by ASIO should […]

THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

31 March 2012 Federal and Northern Territory Governments announce increased funding to homelands Amnesty International has for quite some time called on both the Federal and NT Governments to increase the support and services to Aboriginal peoples living on homelands. There has been a large amount of research not only showing that Aboriginal peoples wish […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Bec Devitt and Eva Csik

23 March 2012 Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Established The Australian Federal Parliament this week established the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights following the passage of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 earlier this month. The joint committee has been established to “examine Bills for Acts and legislation for compatibility with Human Rights.” […]

Human Rights, Non-Discrimination and the Role of Governments in Public Law Litigation

By Ernst Willheim

This article is part of our March theme, which focuses on an ongoing challenge to Australian society: Race & Discrimination. Read our Editorial for more on this theme. Public policy values, particularly human rights principles and non-discrimination principles, should guide governments in the conduct of public law litigation. The Commonwealth’s Obligations to Act as a […]