The Federal Government recently backed away from following through on its earlier commitments to consolidate anti-discrimination laws. It has proposed instead to amend the Sex Discrimination Act to include gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex people within its ambit. The shadow Attorney-General has expressed support for these changes. It would mean that aged-care service providers could [...]
At 1pm on June 23 on the Saturday of Refugee Week, Australians are gathering in cities and towns to walk together as a sign that we are a welcoming and hospitable community. Why not go with members from your church community?
Welcoming asylum seekers and refugees is especially important at this point in our history. The [...]
The following presentation was given as part of a public forum on human rights in Australia. Questions and discussion followed the presentation.
Going it alone – Why Australia (still) needs a Charter of human rights
I am going to address four questions in order to begin our conversation:
1. What is a Charter of rights?
2. What’s in [...]
“Ben” had lived in housing commission with his mother for 18 years. When she passed away in 2005 he was evicted for rental arrears. At the age of 29 he became homeless, moving between temporary but unaffordable short term accommodation while dealing with his mother’s loss. He became depressed (which was undiagnosed) and struggled in [...]
Dr Kiran Martin is the Founder and Director of Asha – an NGO which addresses the deep-rooted social problems created by poverty. Dr Martin is delivering a lecture at the University of Melbourne on Wednesday, 6 October at Lecture Theatre GM15, Law Building, 185 Pelham St, Carlton. Admission is free but bookings are required. www.unimelb.edu.au/public_lectures [...]
Controversy about the Muslim burqa was sparked by federal Senator Cory Bernadi after an armed robbery in Sydney in which one bandit reportedly wore a burqa. Bernadi says on his blog that the burqa (a veil covering the body from head to toe) has “no place in Australian society” and should be banned “for safety” [...]
Father Frank Brennan, who chaired the National Consultation on Human Rights, has given a speech reflecting on the role of the Church in society in light of the human rights debate. It is well worth reading and reflecting upon.
The Church as advocate in the public square
Evidence that Charters of Rights do not transfer power from Parliament to the [...]