Tag Archives: human rights

Radio Atticus 17 November 2011

Do human rights have borders? Australian Human Rights commissioner Catherine Branson answers that question in response to criticisms of mining giant Rio Tinto’s sponsorship of the commission’s human rights medal, Alex Harris, editor of Reputation Report gives us her views on that debate, and when you go on your next trip, are you getting caught in the human rights crossfire?

The Australian Human Rights Commission will in December this year, announce the winner of its Human Rights Award for 2011. But the celebrations may be soured by revelations that the company sponsoring the award, Rio Tinto, may have financed a brutal war against the native people of Bougainville — a country whose resources it was mining.

Reporter: Patrick Wright


  1. Catherine Branson QC, Director, Australian Human Rights Commission.
  2. Associate Professor Karen Bubna-Litic, specialist specialist in environmental law and corporate law at the University of South Australia.

Reporter: Justin Ellis

1. Alex Harris, editor of Reputation Report.

When you’re flying off for a well-earned holiday, you’re probably trying not to think about anything too serious. At best, some of you might offset the carbon emissions from your flight… or choose to go somewhere with impeccable ecological credentials. But have you ever paused to consider the human rights impact your holiday might be having? Well there’s now a campaign underway, urging the tourism industry to integrate a human rights approach into its business strategies.

Reporter: Sharnie Kim

1. Rachel Noble from the UK-based Tourism Concern.

Radio Atticus, 2nd June 2011

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Designing social spaces as a form of crime prevention, we take a look at overcrowding and mental health issues in prison, and how do you prove a war crime? Are international criminal charges too broad for their own good?

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Radio Atticus, 19 May 2011

Should artistic merit be part of Australia’s classification system, we talk to the Sex Discrimination Commissioner about jumps in sexual harassment claims, and the lighter side of law week, yes the creative light still flickers within the legal profession.

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It was the scandal that rocked the art world.

In May 2008, photographs from an exhibition by renowned photographer Bill Henson were confiscated by Sydney police. The reason? For depicting a nude 13-year-old girl. While no charges were laid, his art was likened to child pornography, and described by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as “revolting”. Three years on, and the debate over how children are portrayed in art remains contentious.

A Senate Inquiry is now examiningAustralia’s classification system, and will have to decide whether artistic merit should still be taken into account.  But not everyone thinks the laws need changing.

Reporter, Dana McCauley


1. Robyn Ayres, executive director of the Arts Law Centre of Australia

According to the Federal sex discrimination commissioner, the number of sexual harassment claims has exploded since the high-profile battle between Kristy Fraser-Kirk and David Jones late last year. IBM is currently facing its own sexual harassment allegations, with a former employee seeking 1.1 million dollars in compensation.

So what are the laws in Australia regarding sexual harassment? And have women found a new confidence to fight for their rights?

Reporter, Amarande Chauvet


    1. Elizabeth Broderick, sex discrimination commissioner from the Australian Human Rights Commission

This week is Law Week – and there are events being held around the country to promote community understanding of the law and the legal profession. Radio Atticus reporter, Anthony Jucha, got out to Martin Place, Sydney, and shot the breeze with various legal practitioners, who were letting their creative hair down.

Reporter, Anthony Jucha


  1. Shana Radnan, Chair of Law Week Planning
  2. John Sheehy, lawyer and classical guitarist
  3. Various comedic individuals


Radio Atticus 5th May 2011

We talk to the Australian Law Reform Commission’s President about the organization’s funding cuts. How effective will Australia’s first national security legislation monitor really be? And was Osama bin Laden’s death a perversion of justice?

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Radio Atticus 24 March

The asylum seeker debate – has anything really changed since the high court ruling in January? And  wastewater analysis: could your excrement be used as evidence against you?

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Radio Atticus Summer Edition 3 February

Sniffer dogs – salvation or intimidation? Commander Donna Adney of the Surry Hills police station gives us her views on sniffer dogs, and know your rights with the Young Lawyers.

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Radio Atticus: Thursday, September 30

Journalist shield laws on the cards in federal parliament – but will they leave some reporters in the lurch? The ethics of euthanasia debated as laws to introduce it enter Australian parliaments. And are L-plate laws criminalising young migrants and disadvantaged people in NSW and Victoria?

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Radio Atticus: Thursday, September 2

The first civilian makes it onto the CIA hit list. Is the lack of clarity in occupational health and safety laws fueling a growing compensation culture? And goodbye Nauru and East Timor. The High Court challenge by asylum-seekers that has politicians worried about the legitimacy of off-shore processing.

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Radio Atticus: Monday, August 23

Is fast-food advertising breaching the rights and interests of children? Will Australians be able to enroll online for the next election? And what’s going on with press freedom in Fiji? We get the low-down from the ground in Suva.

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