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Anti-racism, traditional Indigenous law and religious vilification laws: the human rights wrap up

By Eva Csik

Australia’s Anti-Racism Strategy is launched Led by the Australian Human Rights Commission, Australia’s National Anti- Racism Strategy, Racism, it stops with me, was launched last week calling on all Australians to say no to racism. The strategy “sets out a three year plan for Government to work with community partners to combat racism across schools […]

Offshore processing, gay marriage and youth justice: the human rights wrap up

By Eva Csik

Offshore processing bill passes Senate The Senate has passed legislation which allows the offshore processing of asylum seekers who come to Australia by boat. The Government has said it is looking at getting the processing centres up and running on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island within a month. Gavin Marshall, a factional colleague […]


By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

Government fails on child rights The Australian Human Rights Commission has found that Australia’s treatment of suspected people smugglers who said that they were children has breached international human rights law in a report released on Friday.  The report An age of uncertainty reveal that between 2008 and 2011 Australian authorities gave little consideration to […]

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By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

21 July 2012 Cultural Diversity and child protection A review of  Available research literature  into the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) as well as refugee families in the Australian Child Protection System (CPS) has been published. The paper looks into what areas still require research in order to meet the needs of migrants […]

Trafficking, mental disorder & sexual abuse in the ADF: The Human Rights Wrap Up

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

14 July 2012 Vulnerable young women subject to trafficking in Queensland mining towns According to the The Age, vulnerable young women from Southeast Asia are being trafficked for sex in booming mining towns in Queensland. Mount Isa police district Inspector Paul Biggin has said that women and girls who can speak minimal or no English, […]

Solutions and Solutions: The Proposed Amendments to the Migration Act Explained

By John Alizzi

On Wednesday night, 27 June 2012, a Private Member’s Bill to amend the Migration Act proposed by Independent Member of Parliament Rob Oakeshott passed the Lower House of Parliament after an extended and emotional debate. The drama in the House of Representative is the latest in an ongoing story, brought to a head by the news […]

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 […]

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 […]