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Past talks

RightsTalk May 2016 with Benjamin Law, Helen Kapalos and Rob Shehadie
RightsTalk: Media and Cultural Diversity
Benjamin Law, Helen Kapalos and Rob Shehadie
Monday 30 May 2016

RightsTalk May 2016 with Benjamin Law, Helen Kapalos and Rob Shehadie

Join the Race Discrimination Commissioner, Tim Soutphommasane, on 30 May 2016 for a RightsTalk focussed on media and cultural diversity.

Featuring guest speakers Benjamin Law, Helen Kapalos and Rob Shehadie, the RightsTalk will explore the state of Australian media. Is our media diverse enough? What needs to be done? And will recent debates and controversies be enough to prompt some change?

Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based journalist, columnist and TV screenwriter. He is also the author of two books - The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) - both of which were nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. Mr Law is one of the writers on The Family Law, which has been adapted into a TV show for SBS.

Helen Kapalos chairs the Victorian Multicultural Commission and is an accomplished journalist, presenter, executive producer and filmmaker. During her media career she has worked for all three Australian commercial television networks and the two public broadcasters. Ms Kapalos is also a proud Greek Australian who is passionate about supporting Victoria’s culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Rob Shehadie is an actor, stand-up comedian and co-creator of the television show Here Come the Habibs. He is also widely known for his role in the TV comedy Fat Pizza which saw him nominated for a TV Week Logie in the category of “Most popular new talent”. Coming from a family with a Lebanese background, Mr Shehadie says his comic inspiration comes from his own life as well as others around him. Before turning to acting and comedy, Mr Shehadie was a full time Rugby Union player, representing Australia and New South Wales in schoolboy, under 19s and under 21s.

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Prof. Gordian Fulde
RightsTalk: Senior Australian of the Year
Prof. Gordian Fulde
Tuesday 12 April 2016

2016 Senior Australian of the Year

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Topic: His work and advocacy against alcohol abuse

Overview

From midnight to dawn, while most people are in bed, Professor Gordian Fulde is presiding over one of Australia's busiest emergency departments. The Director of Emergency at St Vincent's Hospital and Sydney Hospital for more than three decades, Gordian is the longest serving emergency department director in Australia. The doctor on call when disaster strikes, Gordian has seen it all and is passionately outspoken about the scourge of ‘ice’ and alcohol-fuelled violence which delivers a flood of people into Australian hospitals each weekend. While you will occasionally see him appear on Kings Cross ER, Gordian is also actively involved in teaching and training students and staff in many facets of emergency medicine. A member of the Board of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, Gordian also supports many schools and community organisations, sharing his stories of working in an urban warzone, and warning of the dangers of a binge drinking culture, which is overwhelmingly the main cause of injury in Australia’s emergency departments.

Accessibility

The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have any requirements that will assist in your full participation please contact events@humanrights.gov.au

Jane Aeberhard-Hodges
RightsTalk: Gender-based violence at work
Jane Aeberhard-Hodges
Tuesday 8 March 2016

International Women’s Day Human Rights Talk

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Guest Speaker

Ms Jane Aeberhard-Hodges

Overview

Ms Hodges, is an international Human Rights Consultant and UNRISD Senior Research Associate. She was previously the Director for the Bureau for Gender Equality at the ILO.

She will be speaking on the issue of gender-based violence & sexual harassment at work in the context of international developments on women and work, business and human rights and the recent adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals. She will also speak to the recent ILO decision to develop an international labour standard on violence against women and girls at work and what this might mean for Australia.

Accessibility

The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have any requirements that will assist in your full participation please contact events@humanrights.gov.au

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RightsTalk events are free and open to the general public, however spaces are limited.  Please register at the link below: https://iwd-talk-gender-based-violence.eventbrite.com.au

Professor Robert McCorquodale
RightsTalk: Business and Human Rights - Whose Responsibilities?
Professor Robert McCorquodale
Wednesday 17 February 2016

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Host

Professor Gillian Triggs, Australian Human Rights Commission

Guest Speaker

Professor Robert McCorquodale, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Overview

There have been rapid developments in recent years in clarifying the responsibilities of both governments and corporations for the impact of the actions of corporations on human rights within a state and transnationally. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights 2011 have set parameters for these responsibilities, and some governments and corporations have acted to respond to them. International documents, national legislation and court decisions around the world have proliferated, and there is also a move to draft a treaty. This talk will explore the key issues and responsibilities in this area, including the legal obligations on governments to act, the extent of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights (and if this has legal consequences), and the need to have access to remedies for victims. This talk is of relevance to government officials, senior corporate officials, legal practitioners, judges, civil society, scholars and others.

Bio

Professor Robert McCorquodale is the Director of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law in London. He is also Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham, and a barrister at Brick Court Chambers in London. Before embarking on an academic career, he worked as a solicitor in commercial litigation with King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and Herbert Smith Freehills in London. Robert’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of public international law and human rights law, with a particular focus on business and human rights issues, as well as the rule of law. He has published extensively on these areas, and has provided advice and training to governments, corporations, law firms, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and peoples concerning these issues.

Co-hosts

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RightsTalk events are free and open to the general public, however spaces are limited.  Please register at the link below: 
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rightstalk-business-and-human-rights-who...

Accessibility

The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have any requirements that will assist in your full participation please contact events@humanrights.gov.au

Mick Gooda
Dr Allen Benson Chief Executive Officer, Native Counselling Services of Alberta is visiting Australia
Mick Gooda
Wednesday 25 November 2015

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A presentation will be given by Allen Benson and Director of Research, Training, and Communication, Dr Patti LaBoucane-Benson on:

‘Violence and healing’

As Chief Executive Officer of Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA) and Chief Executive Officer of BearPaw Communications Limited, he has spearheaded the development of many ground breaking programs, particularly in the areas of corrections, restorative and social justice, health, housing and homelessness. Allen has received the following recognition: the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Alberta Aboriginal Role Model Award in Justice, the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow, an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Alberta and the International Community Corrections Association’s highest honour: the Margaret Mead Award. In 2013, Allen was appointed Chair of the Alberta Family Violence Death Review Committee and is the current President of the National Association Active in Criminal Justice.

Dr Patti LaBoucane-Benson is a Metis woman with a PhD in Human Ecology, focusing on Aboriginal Family and Community Resilience. She was the recipient of the two top Canadian social sciences doctoral awards: The Pierre Elliot Trudeau scholarship and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship. Patti has worked for Native Counselling Services of Alberta (NCSA) for 20 years and is currently the Director of Research, Training and Communication, providing leadership for research teams undertaking community-based, applied research. Patti also is executive producer and principle investigator for BearPaw Communications, BearPaw Media video productions and BearPaw Legal Education publications and oversees the development and implementation of the historic trauma healing programs for NCSA. In 2015, Patti’s first novel was published by House of Anansi Press.  Based on her PhD research, The Outside Circle is a work of creative non-fiction about healing and reconciliation for an inner city Aboriginal family struggling with poverty, gang affiliation and hopelessness. The Outside Circle was on the Globe and Mail’s Top Ten Canadian books in May 2015.

Dr Allen Benson Chief Executive Officer Dr Patti LaBoucane-Benson

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