FOR someone who hated going to the doctor, refused to wear sunscreen or take a vitamin, we thought Maurie’s preoccupation with the tingling in his feet was a bit over the top. At 70, he was running five kilometres a day and, as a former Carlton footballer, his strength and physicality were a source of pride.

Thursday, 11 May 2017 14:28

Human rights of children protected

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Supreme Court’s finding that the Victorian Government acted unlawfully under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities in the Certain Children v Minister for Families and Children & Others case. The Commission intervened in the case to ensure that the children’s human rights were considered and protected.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement of funding for a statewide intermediaries scheme to help children or people with disabilities who are victims of crime.

The Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities (ACHRA), which comprises the State, Territory and Federal human rights and discrimination authorities, recently met in Sydney on 27–28 April 2017 to consider a number of issues of common concern and interest.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today said the confidentiality of the participants of the ongoing Independent Review into equity and diversity within the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and Country Fire Authority is paramount. Commissioner Hilton also said that the Commission has not released any Review information and will not discuss any content of the Review publically prior to its release.

The Chairperson of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission Board Ms Moana Weir welcomes today's announcement by Attorney General Martin Pakula of the appointment of Laurinda Gardner and Faddy Zouky to the Commission's Board. 

Following reports that a number of students with African heritage across the state have been told their hairstyles breach school uniform policies, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton said that it may be that some schools haven't got the balance quite right between their uniform policies and respecting their students' diversity.

Today is Transgender Day of Visibility.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today said the Commission for Children and Young People's Report into the use of isolation, separation and lockdowns in the Victorian youth justice system reveals an unacceptable use of isolation in breach of children's rights.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of the harm caused by discrimination on the basis of race, nationality and ethnicity and calls on us to redouble our efforts to reduce all forms of racial discrimination. Federal Government plans announced on this day to set a higher bar for complaints under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act send an unfortunate message to many culturally diverse groups that it should be more acceptable to offend, insult and humiliate on the basis of race and ethnicity.

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