Human rights: Australia's lost plot

Date: 16/08/2002

Chris Sidoti, former Australian Human Rights Commissioner and visiting University of Western Sydney Professor, says Australia has lost the plot when it comes to human rights and will discuss the issue at a public lecture on Monday 19 August 2002.

Professor Sidoti will review Australia's commitment to human rights, both domestically and internationally, and investigate how one of the world's greatest champions of human rights can shift so dramatically to the opposite end of the spectrum.

He will discuss issues such as asylum seekers and mandatory detention, indigenous human rights and the abolition of the welfare state.

He will look at Australia's involvement in developing international human rights mechanisms and the present state of Australia's relationship to the international community on those issues.

Professor Sidoti will also address the particular challenges confronting domestic policy on human rights.

WHEN:Monday 19 August 2002
WHERE:Lecture Theatre 4, Building 23
UWS Bankstown Campus
Bullecourt Avenue, Milperra
TIME:6pm for 6.30pm start

For members of the public wishing to attend, please contact Judy Crabb, on telephone (02) 9772 6765.

For media enquiries and opportunities to interview Professor Sidoti on Monday 19 August, contact:

Amanda Whibley
Senior Media Officer
Phone: (02) 9678 7472
Mobile: 0418 438 399