The federal government's new asylum policy may not be a response to racism and xenophobia, but the concerns behind it are being fuelled by ignorance and a dismal political debate about refugees, argues UNSW's Jane McAdam.
Australia's courts will increasingly be forced to deal with conflict between human rights and the sexist cultural traditions of some minorities in Australia, according to NSW Chief Justice Jim Spigelman.
Modern communications mean regimes around the world can no longer commit barbarities against their own people and expect to get away with it, East Timor's President Jose Ramos-Horta has told a UNSW audience.
Australia's record on children in detention and its draconian anti-terrorism laws are examples of why we need a Human Rights Act, former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has told a packed public forum at UNSW.
The Diplomacy Training Program, the human rights group launched at UNSW by Jose Ramos Horta 20 years ago, now has even more reason to celebrate its anniversary, winning coveted tax deductibility status from the Federal Government.