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Human Rights Oration, 7 December 2016

The Human Rights Oration was presented with a new format in 2016, with a keynote address followed by a panel discussion on access, diversity and inclusion in employment.

Former federal Disability Discrimination Commissioner and human rights advocate Graeme Innes AO delivered the keynote address on the topic of employment for people with disabilities.

Maryanne Diamond, the General Manager of Media, Communications and Engagement at the National Disability Insurance Agency; musician Neill Duncan of Single Hand Studios; and Juliet Bourke, who works in Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership at Deloitte Australia, took part in the panel discussion, which was moderated by Victorian Equal opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton.

Video and audio of the event can be accessed at the top of this page, and you can also download a transcript (DOC, 75KB) of Graeme Innes' speech. If you require any other accessible formats, please get in touch with us by emailing [email protected] or calling 1300 891 848.

Pictures of the event can be seen below – including pictures from Harmony Square in Dandenong, where the event was broadcast live to the community.

Harmony Square, Dandenong


 Photo provided by the City of Greater Dandenong

Deakin Edge, Federation Square

From left: Board Chair Moana Weir, Board members Jennifer Huppert, Colleen Pearce, Orator Graeme Innes, panellists Neill Duncan, Maryanne Diamond, Juliet Bourke, Commissioner Kristen Hilton, Executive Director Catherine Dixon and Board member Abselom Nega.



Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton 


Uncle Bill Nicholson delivering the Welcome to Country


 Damien Nicholson


 Graeme Innes AO


 Graeme Innes AO


Panel discussion: Kristen Hilton, Neill Duncan, Juliet Bourke, Maryanne Diamond and Graeme Innes discuss disability in employment.


Neill Duncan


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