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.
Equality Australia has made a submission calling for an end to discrimination against LGBTQ students and teachers in all schools across Australia to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Removing Discrimination Against Students) Bill 2018.
Australia’s national security and intelligence agencies must be more accountable and transparent, the Human Rights Law Centre has told an independent national review.
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.Read More
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.
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.
The Western Australian Government has an historic opportunity to do away with outdated and unnecessary laws that prevent trans and gender diverse people from being recognised as who they are, according to a submission by Transfolk of WA together with the Human Rights Law Centre.
The Human Rights Law Centre welcomed new changes to proposed electoral laws that had originally threatened to shut charities out of public policy debates, yet called for further improvements in a submission to a Parliamentary inquiry.
Remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities struggling under the Australian Government’s racially discriminatory remote work for the dole program would be worse off under a proposed new penalty system, a Senate Committee inquiry has been told.