About HumanRightsActionPlan.org.au

As part of Australia's Human Rights Framework, the Australian Government is developing a new National Human Rights Action Plan. This presents an opportunity to systematically consider Australia's strengths and address our shortcomings in human rights laws and practice. The Human Rights Law Centre has created this website to provide NGOs with information about the National Action Plan process, and generate ideas for submissions to the Government's formal consultation process.

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Guest Blogs

  • Jennifer Lord
    August 2011
    Anti-discrimination legislation is designed to deal with acts, or failures to act, but it’s harder to use the law to tackle the values and attitudes that underpin actions. And this is particularly true of ageism, because the attitudes that shape our treatment of older people are widespread, entrenched and often unquestioned, both at the personal level, and within the systems that service and support older people.
  • Stephanie Mendis
    August 2011
    The other day someone told me that he wished I didn’t exit. I clarified whether he meant “me” or my client group. He said “both”. He said that my existence as a social worker suggested that there were people out there who needed social workers. Apparently this was not a pleasant or common thought. He did not know anyone who “worked in welfare” nor did he ever see “asylum seekers” and thus, apparently, he simply “forgot it all existed”.

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