- Australian Human Rights Commission
The Australian Human Rights Commission (previously the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission) is a national independent statutory body of the Australian Government. It has the responsibility for investigating alleged infringements under Australia’s anti-discrimination legislation. According to its website, matters that can be investigated by the Commission include "discrimination on the grounds of race, colour or
ethnicorigin, racial vilification, sex, sexual harassment, marital status, pregnancy, or disability." The Commission falls under the portfolio of the Attorney-General of Australia.
John von Doussa2003 - 2008
Alice Tay1998 - 2003
Ronald Wilson1990 - 1998
Marcus Einfeld1986 - 1990
The Commission investigates alleged infringements under the following legislation:
Racial Discrimination Act 1975"
Sex Discrimination Act 1984"
Disability Discrimination Act 1992"
Age Discrimination Act 2004"
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986"
One of the more visible functions of the Commission is to conduct public inquiries. Some examples of inquires conducted include:
*Same-Sex: Same Entitlements Inquiry into financial and workplace discrimination against same-sex couples
*Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from their Families
*National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention
*Homeless Children Inquiry
*Pregnancy Discrimination Inquiry
*Inquiry into the Accessibility of electronic commerce and new service and information technologies for older Australians and people with a disability
*Inquiry into Human Rights and Good Governance Education in the Asia Pacific Region
Gender identity and sexuality
Private members, the
Australian Greensand the Australian Democratshave tried to add sexuality and/or gender identityto the list of matters that can be investigated by the Commission, which has always failed to pass at least one house of parliament since 1995and even today, because of a lack of support from the Australian Labor Partyand the Coalition in the federal parliament. [ [http://www.democrats.org.au/news/index.htm?press_id=5948&display=1 Australian DemocratsAustralian Democrats Press Releases ] ]
Human Rights Medal and Awards
Since 1987 the prestigious "Human Rights Medal" and other awards have been presented at the Commission’s annual Human Rights Medal and Awards ceremony.
The Human Rights Medal is awarded to individuals for their outstanding contribution to human rights in Australia.
Other awards are:
*Human Rights Community (Individual) Award
*Human Rights Community (Organisation) Award
*Human Rights Radio Award
*Human Rights Television Award
*Human Rights Print Media Award
*Human Rights Arts Non-Fiction Award
*Human Rights Law Award - sponsored by the
Law Council of Australia
* [http://www.humanrights.gov.au The Australian Human Rights Commission website]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Australian Human Rights Commission — noun an Australian Commonwealth authority established in 1986 to promote and protect human rights; functions include inquiring into complaints of discrimination on the grounds of race, ethnic origin, sexual harassment, disability, etc. Formerly… … Australian English dictionary
Human rights commission — A Human Rights Commission is a body set up to investigate, promote and/or protect human rights. The term may refer to international, national or subnational bodies set up for this purpose, such as national human rights institutions or (usually… … Wikipedia
Human Rights Commission — A Human Rights Commission is a body set up to investigate and protect human rights.It may refer to international, national or subnational bodies set up for this purpose, or (usually temporary) truth and reconciliation commissions.International… … Wikipedia
Islamic Human Rights Commission — The Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) is a non profit organization that campaigns against what it sees as violations of the human rights of Muslims. The group is based in London and was established in 1997. Funding and philosophyAccording to … Wikipedia
Equality and Human Rights Commission — The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is a non departmental public body in Great Britain which was established by the Equality Act 2006 and came into being on 1 October 2007. The Commission has responsibility for the promotion and… … Wikipedia
Human rights in Australia — are generally respected and recognised. Although Australia is the only western democracy with no bill of rights [ [http://www.amnesty.org.au/Act now/campaigns/human rights and security Redirecting you to http://action.amnesty.org.au/hrs ] ] ,… … Wikipedia
Human Rights Medal (Australia) — The Human Rights Medal is awarded by the Australian Human Rights Commission each year. It was established in 1987 by the then Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) to recognise the contribution to Australian society of a wide… … Wikipedia
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission — noun former name of Australian Human Rights Commission. Abbrev.: HREOC … Australian English dictionary
human rights — fundamental rights, esp. those believed to belong to an individual and in whose exercise a government may not interfere, as the rights to speak, associate, work, etc. [1785 95] * * * Rights that belong to an individual as a consequence of being… … Universalium
Human Rights Act 2004 — The Human Rights Act 2004 was an Act of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly, it was the first and remains the only legislation in Australia recognising the fundamental human rights of individuals. [National Archives of Australia … Wikipedia