2019 Human Rights Month Speaker Series

This Speaker Series, held as part of Human Rights Month 2019, was aimed at providing those working in the public sector with an opportunity to hear from experts on various aspects of the Queensland Human Rights Act 2019, ahead of it coming into effect on 1 January 2020. All sessions were recorded at 111 George Street in Brisbane during Human Rights Month.

What is the right to education?

Presented by Professor Tamara Walsh, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland

Professor Tamara Walsh has degrees in both Law and Social Work, and her interest is in social welfare law. Her research studies examine the impact of the law on vulnerable people including children and young people, people experiencing homelessness, people on low incomes, people with disabilities, mothers and carers. Most of her studies are sociolegal and empirical in nature, and she draws on human rights discourse to explore the influence that the law has on complex social problems. Her research has spanned 15 years and has been widely published, both in Australia and internationally. She undertakes pro bono legal practice in child protection and lectures in human rights law and family law.

Understanding the impact of Queensland's Human Rights Act

Presented by Bridget Burton, Director of Human Rights and Civil Law Practice, Caxton Legal Centre

Bridget practices mainly anti-discrimination and human rights law, and has also recently completed a stint as Acting Director of the University of Queensland’s Pro Bono Law Centre. Her presentation looks at the impact of the incoming Human Rights Act with particular emphasis on public entities and assessing acts and decisions for compatibility with human rights.

Cultural rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait lslander people

Presented by Shane Duffy, CEO, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service

Shane is a descendant of the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa in North West Queensland, and has spent nearly 30 years working in human services within both the public and not for profit sectors. His key areas of work have been juvenile justice, child protection, business development and human rights with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples access to justice. Shane has held many roles which include Co-Chair of the Change the Record Justice Coalition, Chair National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service (NATSILS), the Australian Legal Assistance Forum (ALAF), Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Human Services Coalition (QATSIHSC), member of the Queensland governments Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Justice Taskforce and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Mental Health advisory body and has represented Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples internationally at United Nations forums in New York, Geneva and Alta.

Freedom of religion and freedom of expression: Balancing rights

Presented by Professor Caroline Evans, Vice Chancellor, Griffith University

Professor Carolyn Evans graduated with degrees in Arts and Law from the University of Melbourne and a doctorate from Oxford where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Carolyn taught law at Oxford and Melbourne Universities. Prior to commencing at Griffith, Carolyn held the positions of Dean of Law, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Graduate and International) and Deputy Provost at the University of Melbourne. Carolyn works in the areas of law and religion and human rights and has published and spoken on these issues around the world.

Other videos

2016: A Human Rights Act for Queensland

This video was produced after the Queensland Parliament ordered an inquiry into whether a Human Rights Act was needed in Queensland. Former Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, Helen Szoke and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda talk about their experiences with human rights legislation and the benefits it could bring to Queensland if introduced.

View A Human Rights Act for Queensland. Run time is 6:52 minutes.

2015: Bystander action

Have you ever witnessed harassment, vilification or abuse but now known what to do about it? This video steps through what bystanders can do and the steps they can take.

View Bystander guide: Tips for intervening in harassment, vilification or abuse. Run time is 1:58 minutes.

2004: Working it through

This video explains how conciliation conferences are run at the Commission. It is useful for complainants, respondents, legal representatives and others who may attend a conciliation conference as a support person.

View Working it through. Run time is 5:56 minutes.