25 years of the Disability Discrimination Act: success, stagnation & strengthening the law

Over the past quarter of a century, the Disability Discrimination Act has contributed significantly to social change for people with disability and has been used…

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Private sponsorship of refugees and humanitarian entrants: risks and rewards for Australia*

A newly established Community Support Programme will enable communities, businesses and individuals to propose refugees and humanitarian entrants for resettlement to Australia.

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Refugee assistance blitz: a race to bridge the access to justice gap

The gap in access to justice for people seeking asylum has become substantial. By SIMON BRUCK and NICOLE D’SOUZA.

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What will the UN torture treaty mean for Australia?

Australia will ratify the UN’s Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment by December 2017 and…

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The High Court considers participation of deaf people in jury duty

The UN has recommended NSW take steps to accommodate the participation of deaf people on juries. By DAVID SPENCER, DR JEMINA NAPIER, DR SANDRA HALE…

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Protest prohibited: Commissioner of Police v Keep Sydney Open

State law gives people protection from prosecution for participating in a public assembly but the Police Commissioner can seek a prohibition order. By DANIEL MEYEROWITZ-KATZ…

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Ambassadors for abolition: ending the death penalty in our region

3 February 2017 marked 50 years since the last person was executed in Australia. Since then the Australian Government’s commitment to the abolition of the…

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The AHRC and the Racial Discrimination Act: setting the record straight

Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Southphommasane says there is a need for clearer public understanding of the Race Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). By TIM SOUTHPHOMMASANE.

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Abortion law reform: why it’s time we caught up

Safe and affordable access to abortion services is not as readily available across Australia as might reasonably be expected. By ANASTASIA KRIVENKOVA.

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UN committee considers participation of deaf people in jury duty

Australia has been twice found to have violated the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by refusing to reasonably accommodate participation of deaf…

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