Submission: Putting single mothers last: the economic injustice of ParentsNext

Each of us expects to be supported and treated fairly and compassionately by governments in times of need, and to have our contribution to Australia’s economic prosperity, including through unpaid care work, valued. The Federal Government’s ParentsNext program, which is underpinned by a punitive compliance framework and targets mothers with young children and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in particular, undermines these basic expectations.

This is a joint submission made on behalf of the National Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (NFVPLS) Forum, SNAICC – National Voice for our Children (SNAICC) and the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee.

Download the joint HRLC, SNAICC and NFVPLS Forum submission to the Senate Community Affairs References Committee here. 

Submission: Ending racially discriminatory laws that lead to the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission invited the Human Rights Law Centre to make a submission on how to end racially discriminatory laws that lead to the over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls.

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Submission: Freedom from discrimination in religious schools

Strong discrimination laws promote equality and foster happy, healthy and safe societies. Permanent legislative exemptions which allow faith-based educational institutions to discriminate in education and employment effectively override the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and their families, to be free from discrimination. These exemptions are inherently unfair, discriminatory and out of step with modern community expectations.

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Submission: Self-determination for trans and gender diverse Territorians

The Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration and other Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (NT) would mean married transgender people wouldn’t need to divorce their spouse in order to change the gender on their birth certificate. The Human Rights Law Centre has welcomed key parts of the bill, but called for further amendments in its submission to provide self-determination for trans and gender diverse Territorians.

Download the HRLC submission here