Tom Clarke - Director of Campaigns


Tom Clarke has been working at the Human Rights Law Centre since the beginning of 2011.  

He began as Director of Communications and oversaw outgoing communications and worked to increase and shape media coverage to maximise the impact of the HRLC’s work. With HRLC staff appearing in over 450 individual articles in the mainstream media each year, Tom helped to craft the messages and polish the team’s delivery.

Now as Director of Campaigns, Tom continues to develop and execute the HRLC’s strategic communications and also manage the HRLC’s ever-growing social media network. He is currently focusing on the need to enshrine human rights protections in law at a national level.

Tom has a background in media production and social justice campaigning. Tom played a significant role in developing the joint business–union Ethical Clothing Australia initiative. He has provided media production and consultancy services to a wide range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations. In a personal capacity, Tom was the founding chairperson of the Wantok Musik Foundation and continues to be involved in the Timor Sea Justice Campaign – calling on the Australian Government to establish permanent and equitable maritime boundaries with East Timor, as well as other solidarity campaigns in the Asia Pacific region.

In 2016 he took an eight month break from the HRLC to cover for a maternity leave position at the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva.



West Papua petition: Australia made a human rights promise that's about to be tested
ABC News | Opinion, 9 October 2017

Australia must lifts its game if it wants to lead on the Human Rights Council
The Diplomat, 26 July 2017

Australia's unscrupulous pursuit of East Timor's oil needs to stop
The Sydney Morning Herald  11 January 2017

Australia is guilty of same misconduct as China over our treatment of East Timor
The Sydney Morning Herald  14 July 2016

The morally bankrupt foreign policy that entrenches Australia's reputation as a regional bully
The Guardian Australia  24 March 2016

Let the images of the boy move you to act for asylum seekers
ABC's The Drum  4 September 2015 

Indonesia lifting ban on foreign journalists is a step forward for human rights
The Age  13 May 2015

Our self-interest is still holding East Timor back
ABC's The Drum  20 May 2015

Dawn of the Joko era brings opportunities for Australia
The Australian  20 October 2014

Stop spying on Timor, International Court tells Australia
New Matilda  5 March 2014

It's time for some straight talking about human rights in Papua
The Age  2 December 2013

Australia's evolving position on West Papua
The Australian  30 November 2012

Heed law of the sea and set a fair Timor border
The Age  2 December 2013

Will Bishop Defend The Freedom Flotilla?
New Matilda  16 September 2013

Australia holding back East Timor
The Australian  28 February 2013

West Papuan Leaders Face Life In Prison
New Matilda  7 February 2012

Time for Rudd to take a stand for basic rights in West Papua
The Australian  1 December 2011