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Marta Maurás
RightsTalk: Marta Maurás, member and Vice President of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child
Marta Maurás
Wednesday 12 June 2013

Marta and the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, will hold a discussion around Marta’s role and responsibilities as a member of the United Nations Committee on the Conventions of the Rights of the Child; ask her to reflect on the fourth periodic report of Australia in June 2012 and the concluding observations made by the Committee in 2012 as well as the impressions that she has formed on her current visit to Australia, focussing on areas of strength as well as areas requiring improvement.

David Marr
RightsTalk: Free speech and the press: not always allies
David Marr
Tuesday 4 June 2013

Join author and journalist, David Marr to  discuss News Ltd.’s strange campaign against bills and charters of rights; Andrew Bolt and the Racial Discrimination Act; and the recent kerfuffle over media law reform.


Jeremy Fernandez
RightsTalk: Jeremy Fernandez biography
Jeremy Fernandez
Thursday 30 May 2013

Jeremy Fernandez is a journalist and presenter with ABC News.

He joined the network’s Sydney bureau in 2009, after returning from London where he’d worked as a writer and business producer for CNN International.

Jeremy previously hosted the morning edition of ABC News on Australia Network, broadcast across the Asia-Pacific.

As a journalist and producer in Perth, Melbourne, and London, he’s anchored rolling news, interviews, and in-depth reports on a host of major stories, including the 2008 US election, Benazir Bhutto’s assassination, the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the fall of Thaksin Shinawatra’s government in Thailand, the Indian Ocean tsunami, and the Bali bombings.

Jeremy’s career sprang from humble beginnings as a voice-over artist with Channel 7 and producer for ABC Radio in the regional tourism and agricultural hub of Albany, Western Australia.

He speaks conversational Malay, and has earned degrees from Curtin University and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.