Sonia Nair reviews John Bartlett’s second novel Estuary, which explores the chasms of the modern Australian character through themes such as indigenous rights, mental health, sexuality and disability.
Nathan Despott and Asher Hirsch argue for a new approach to disability policy in Australia that advances the right to democratic participation for disabled Australians.
Right Now looks at the major parties’ policies on five noteworthy human rights issues of this election. First, disability and indigenous affairs.
Every year, deaf Australians are involuntarily excused from jury service. Chloe Potvin looks at the potential for future law reform that would allow deaf Australians to serve on a jury.
Coming into force this July, the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act continues to occupy a great deal of the media’s attention. With an emotive introduction to Parliament by Prime Minister Gillard and rare bi-partisan support, the question circling many Australian households is: what is the NDIS? Isabella Royce answers this question and others in her discussion of disability support schemes in Australia and the UK.
By Sarah Barton. This article is part of our April and May focus on Art and Human Rights. In 2001 my good friend and colleague Greg Dee was appointed Station Manager at Channel 31, the community television station in Melbourne. The station has a licence to broadcast programs that are representative of diverse communities across Melbourne […]
By Sam Ryan. The two human rights issues dominated May, but how interested was the media in disability insurance, and were they really listening to what Adam Goodes had to say about racism? Meanwhile, there may be reason for (cautious) optimism when it comes to reporting on asylum seekers. How much do the media really […]
By Sam Ryan, with Andre Dao, Olivia McMillan, Maya Borom, Oliver Ramsay, Jess O’Callaghan, Laura Jones, Alana Lazdins and Sonia Nair. More of Right Now’s HRAFF coverage, including reviews, interviews and creative responses. The Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) has packed up and left Melbourne as it takes an abridged programme around the […]
By Laura Jones “Reverie describes the uncluttered imagination receptive to processing free-floating thoughts… for some, the creative arts can provide deep personal enrichment during periods of illness by enabling the expression of emotions to overcome feelings of helplessness.” So the Dax Centre introduces its exhibition Reverie, curated from its own collection of works by people […]
The Federal Government’s Creative Australia Policy was recently released by the outgoing Arts Minister Simon Crean, who came under fire for the use of the word “tolerance” in relation to people with a disability. This line has since been taken out but Arts Access Victoria has responded with dismay at the policy, not just for […]
Earlier this year, five deaf writers presented Through Deaf Eyes at the Melbourne Writers Festival, a unique performance featuring deaf writers telling their stories in Auslan. Developed and directed by the deaf community, this groundbreaking work turns the tables and challenges the conventions, as Auslan interpreters translate this beautifully expressive language back to the audience. […]
Throughout October and November 2012, Right Now focused on the theme of Disability and Human Rights in Australia. We begin with David Donaldson’s explanation of the proposed National Disability Insurance Scheme, which aims to create a fairer and more efficiency system of disability support. Holly Kendall explores, more broadly, the development of disability rights in […]