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The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission today said the Commission for Children and Young People's Report into the use of isolation, separation and lockdowns in the Victorian youth justice system reveals an unacceptable use of isolation in breach of children's rights.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reminds us of the harm caused by discrimination on the basis of race, nationality and ethnicity and calls on us to redouble our efforts to reduce all forms of racial discrimination. Federal Government plans announced on this day to set a higher bar for complaints under section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act send an unfortunate message to many culturally diverse groups that it should be more acceptable to offend, insult and humiliate on the basis of race and ethnicity.

Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton today said the City of Melbourne's proposed changes to outlaw people camping in the city would make life harder for people sleeping rough in Melbourne, many of whom have already experienced discrimination.

International Women’s Day is a day to celebrate women and all their achievements, reflect on the challenges women continue to face, and take actions to further gender equality in our homes, in our workplaces and in our broader community.

A recent Supreme Court decision shows how the Disability Access Bench Book, developed by the Judicial College of Victoria and the Commission, is helping people with disabilities receive effective access to justice.

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Work with us

There are currently some great opportunities to work with the Commission.

The Commission is please to support an anti-discrimination recruitment pilot program that was today launched by the Victorian Government.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission welcomes a consensus report on marriage equality by a Parliamentary Select Committee on the Exposure Draft Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016.

Friday, 10 February 2017

A win against racism

I am very pleased to see the outcome of Kwenda Obudho's case against a Melbourne nightclub. A Victorian Supreme Court judgment has found that Mr Obudho was indeed the victim of racial discrimination.

While the headline 'Sex cases soar' may not seem like for good news for Victoria Police, the rise in complaints is an indication that more women members are speaking up about their mistreatment and that is absolutely a step in the right direction. 

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