Position Vacant – Race Discrimination Commissioner

December 22, 2012 by  
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The search for Australia’s next Race Discrimination Commissioner has begun with a call for applicants who can continue the work of the Australian Human Rights Commission in combating racism.

Nicola Roxon

Nicola Roxon

“Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner must be a strong advocate for building fair and inclusive communities that reject racism,” Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said.

“Continuing the important work of Australia’s first National Anti-Racism Partnership Strategy, Racism, it stops with me will be a key priority for the new Commissioner as they work with the community to combat racism now and into the future.

“Stamping out all forms of racism, discrimination, intolerance and prejudice is fundamental to the work of the Commissioner and I have no doubt that this important position will attract a large pool of high calibre candidates.”

The Race Discrimination Commissioner sits within the Australian Human Rights Commission, Australia’s national independent statutory body dealing with human rights.

To continue the important work of the Race Discrimination Commissioner while the appointment process is underway Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Commission, will act in this position.

This is a short-term acting arrangement as the Government remains committed to maintaining the stand-alone position of Race Discrimination Commissioner.

A new Commissioner is expected to commence in mid 2013 for five years.

Further details on how to apply can be found at http://www.ag.gov.au/About/Careers/Pages/default.aspx

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One Response to “Position Vacant – Race Discrimination Commissioner”
  1. Lynne Newington says:

    The Australian Human Rights Commission [formerly known as the Human Rights and Equal Rights and Opportunity Commission] was first established in 1986,.
    We became signatory to The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1991.
    We need to have someone elected who fully understands the full measure of what the role entails, as our record on the homefront has been left wanting otherwise this Royal Commission into abuse of Australian children in particular, would never have been necessary.
    The exemptions for religious bodies in the act [Religious Discrimination[, needs upgrading to, as it stands, put simply, “a religious body is permitted do whatever conforms with it’s doctrine, or are necessary to avoid injuring the religious feelings of the members of it’s faith.
    Depending on the particular iinstitution and it’s dicipline, there are many fathers and children, deprived of their rights according to not only Australian law, but international law.

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