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Call for nominations – Tasmanian Human Rights Awards 2017

  • • Scotch Oakburn College, Horton Auditorium 85 Penquite Road Newstead, TAS, 7250 Australia (map)

Organisation:  Human Rights Week Committee


During the event "WHY TASMANIA NEEDS A HUMAN RIGHTS ACT"   (click on wording and event will open in a new page) representatives from the Human Rights Week Committee will be giving a short speech to promote the awards and encourage nominations.

There are nine categories recognising outstanding contributions by Tasmanians including School, Print Journalism, Individual, Youth, Organisation, Multicultural, Sport, Mental Health and LGBTI cultural awareness.

Some former award winners will be present and nomination forms and advice will be available. For example, these are the local 2016 winners of statewide awards

  • A Fairer World School Award - Riverside Primary School
  • Angus Downie Print Journalism Award- Doug Dingwall (The Examiner)
  • Lucy Henry Human Rights Award for Mental Health focussed activity - Browns SUPA IGA, Longford
  • Human Rights Individual Award - Joint Winners - Besta Poni Peter & Denise Delphin

Contact for "Call for nominations - Tasmanian Human Rights Awards 2017": Karin Le:    0407 340 179

Tickets for the event hosting the call for nominations may be made here:

Why do you need to book tickets to hear more about a Call for nominations....Whilst it is a free event the booking system helps the event organiser keep track of numbers as there are limited seats - so please book your seat if you are coming to learn more about the 'Call for nominations - Tasmanian Human Rights Awards 2017" and/or also coming to hear the panelists speak....


Panel Discussion and Public Forum

Event Description: We hear a lot about freedom of speech, freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination. But, really, how well are the rights and freedoms of Tasmanians protected? And what about the right to an education, adequate housing and a clean environment? What happens if one person’s rights conflict with those of another’s? Why do some states have a Human Rights Act and others (like Tasmania) do not? 

Come and hear from a distinguished panel about why we need a Human Rights Act and how it can contribute to building the fair and prosperous future we want for all Tasmanians.

Robin Banks was Tasmania’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner from 2010 to 2017. She has extensive experience working for the human rights of people with disability, young people, Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders, and people experiencing homelessness. 

Kristen Desmond is the mother of three children with disability. She is the former Chair of the national peak body Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA). She founded the Tasmanian Disability Education Reform Lobby and is a former Senior Vice President of Autism Tasmania. She is currently a member of the Tasmanian Education Inclusion Advisory Group – Disability Focus and was a former member of both the Tasmanian Ministerial Taskforce for Improved Support for Children with Disability and the Tasmanian Government’s Autism Advisory Panel. Kristen was named Launceston City Council’s 2016 Citizen of the Year and was a Tasmanian State Finalist in the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards. 

Rodney Croome AM is a long-time LGBTI human rights advocate in Tasmania, nationally and internationally. He is the former national director of Australian Marriage Equality. Rodney fronted the successful campaign in the 1990s to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania. He is the author of 'From This Day Forward: Marriage Equality in Australia' (Walleah Press). Rodney was named 2015 Tasmanian of the Year.

Rajan Venkataraman is a Member of the Board of Civil Liberties Australia. For twenty years, he worked with the Australian public service as a policy adviser on international relations and national security . He also served as an Australian diplomat and trade negotiator. Rajan volunteers as a tutor with 26TEN, Tasmania’s adult literacy and numeracy program.

Contact for WHY TASMANIA NEEDS A HUMAN RIGHTS ACT Panel Discussion and Public Forum : Rajan

 wheelchair access: Yes

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