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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Peter Greste
RightsTalk: Peter Greste - National Security vs Public Rights
Peter Greste
Monday 24 August 2015

Video will be available after the trial.

Host: Tim Wilson, Human Rights Commissioner.

Overview: Ever since the invention of writing, there has been a tension between what governments want to keep secret, and what reporters want to write about. Now, governments around the world are arguing that national security demands increased controls on what journalists can investigate and talk about. Journalist Peter Greste discusses where governments should draw the line between protecting the national interest, and the public's right to know. 

Bio: Peter Greste has worked as a foreign correspondent for the past 25 years. After leaving Australia in 1991, he worked in London for the BBC, CNN and Reuters before being appointed the BBC’s Afghanistan correspondent. He moved to London in 1997 to help the BBC launch its 24-hour domestic news network, News 24. The following year, he went back on the road, covering Latin America for five years. After the 9/11 attacks, he briefly returned to Afghanistan as a part of the BBC’s award-winning coverage of the collapse of the Taliban. Peter relocated to Africa in 2003, reporting from some of Eastern and Southern Africa’s most volatile regions and in 2011, he won a prestigious Peabody Award for a BBC documentary on Somalia. Later that year he joined Al Jazeera as its East Africa correspondent. He was arrested in Egypt in December 2013, and while in prison, he won a Walkley Award, a British Royal Television Society judges award, and a Tribeca Film Festival Disruptive Innovators award for his defense of press freedom.

Note: We expect this event to be popular. If you book a ticket and are unable to attend could you please cancel your ticket via Eventbrite. Please inform us if you no longer require a ticket and cannot cancel it online. Contact us at: noleen.grogan@humanrights.gov.au .

Access: This venue is wheelchair accessible. If you have any requirements that will assist your full participation in this event please let us know at: noleen.grogan@humanrights.gov.au

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