Larissa Behrendt, introduced by David Marr, recently presented the 2011 Equal Opportunity Commission Mitchell Oration, Human Rights: Sword, Shield or Just Symbolism?Listen to the 2011 Mitchell Oration>>
Research shows that sporting environments are a key site for homophobic harassment, discrimination and exclusion for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) sports people. Film-maker Gus Johnston shares his story of being a gay man who did not feel able to come out during his time playing hockey in Victoria, in a video recently launched on YouTube. Click to view his video - Gus Johnston: The Reality of Homophobia in Sport>>
All Together Now is a not-for-profit organisation that is using social media to promote the benefits of cultural diversity, reduce the incidence of racism, and address cultural misconceptions in Australia. Visit their website to find out more.
This week is Refugee Week. Read Minister Grace Portolesi's news release below. The Calendar of Events, funded by the State Government, is available from the Migrant Resource Centre and can be downloaded from their website on www.mrcsa.com.au.
At the Reconciliation Breakfast, held on Friday 27 May 2011, at the Wine Centre, Dr. Jackie Huggins, AM FAHA was invited as a guest speaker. Her speech was about 'Constitutional Reform'. Dr. Jackie Huggins AM FAHA is of the Bidjara (central Queensland) and Birri-Gubba Juru (north Queensland) peoples. In 2001 Jackie Huggins was awarded an Order of Australia for services to Indigenous people, particularly for her work with reconciliation, literacy, women's issues and social justice.
The first Australian 1 in 4 Poll is seeking people to respond to a survey on social inclusion. The information will be used by the researchers - Deakin University and Scope - and by National Disablity Services (NDS) to influence government policy and inform future practice and research.
The Welcome to Australia initiative encourages people and organisations to get involved in welcoming asylum seekers, refugees, new arrivals and other migrants. Between June 19 and 26, 2011, the initiative encourages you to throw a party in your home, street, office, sporting club or other community group to celebrate the beauty and depth that diversity adds to our nation.
'Human rights in this country have been trashed'
Julian Burnside, QC and Australian barrister, who specialises in commercial litigation and is deeply involved in human rights work particularly in relation to refugees, paid a visit to Mount Gambier where he gave a passionate albeit controversial seminar.
The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO), held on May 17 every year, is a rallying event offering an opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another. See what prominent South Australians, including Acting Commissioner Anne Burgess, have to say about IDAHO here - www.youtube.com/user/IDAHOSouthAustralia.
Keeping on top of training and induction for new and existing staff can be difficult, but advising new employees of their rights and obligations from the outset and refreshing existing employees' understanding of these rights and obligations is important. It helps to create a workplace free from discrimination and harassment and is good risk management.
Originally submitted on 18 March, 2011 - 12:24. Last updated on 5 July, 2011 - 13:09.
The Equal Opportunity Commission and SafeWork SA are pleased to announce that we are running the Rights, Camera, Action! competition for South Australian school students again in 2011. This year, students can submit not only an original film or animation clip, but can also enter their own online game. First prize includes a ‘money-can’t buy’ behind-the-scenes tour of one of Adelaide’s premier film, animation or game developers’ studios.
Disability Standards for Access to Premises come into effect in May 2011. The Premises Standards and changes to the Building Codes Act will introduce new access requirements, and significantly improve existing standards.
Pride in Diversity is Australia’s first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist Australian employers with the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. For more information see www.prideindiversity.com.au.
The Social Inclusion Board is developing a blueprint for the long-term reform of disability support in SA. For information and direct access to the Board, visit the Social Inclusion Initiative website and register to receive e-bulletin updates.