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In February this year, the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission made a submission to the parliamentary inquiry into Victoria’s anti-vilification protections. Today, we spoke directly to the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee as part of the inquiry’s public hearings. Here is the opening statement from Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton. 

Equal pay for equal work is an important foundation of a fair, equitable and inclusive workforce. But we know the gender pay gap still affects many workers in Victoria. And now, more than ever, there is a potential for a further widening of the gender pay gap.  

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission’s important work to combat racism will continue in 2020 through a new collaboration with the Victorian Multicultural Commission, part of an $11.3 million Victorian Government funding package to support multicultural and multifaith communities.

The investigation into a Victoria Police member’s leaking of photos of a person in custody over the weekend must examine not just an appalling breach of privacy, but the underlying cultural issues that allowed such an incident to arise, says the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton. 

As the Victorian Government implements new emergency laws in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s vital that any limitations on human rights resulting from the new measures are justifiable and subject to scrutiny, said Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kristen Hilton. 

Media reports over the weekend of two international students being physically assaulted in Melbourne’s CBD and told to "go back to China" are the latest distressing incident of racism in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic – and an urgent reminder of the need for unity and respect in the months ahead.

A landmark decision from the Coroners Court of Victoria has shone a light on the devastating impact of systemic racism. The coroner’s decision from the inquest into the death of Yorta Yorta woman Tanya Day highlights the urgent need for public authorities to provide culturally safe and trauma-informed care for Aboriginal people.

In times of crisis, human rights are more important than ever.

The announcement last week of a redress scheme for survivors of Victoria’s Stolen Generations is a crucial step towards righting past wrongs.

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:38

Changes to our services

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we know that many people are experiencing significant uncertainty about what the immediate future holds and the impact on them and their families.

At the Commission, we’re closely monitoring advice from health authorities. Ensuring the health and safety of our staff and those who use our services remains our top priority.

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