Mitchell Oration Human Rights: Sword, Shield or Just Symbolism?


Date: Saturday 8 October 2011

Venue: Bonython Hall

Consideration needs to be given to the role of symbolism in a human rights framework, with relevance to the interest in the recognition of Indigenous people in the Constitution. As clear evidence emerges of what works and what doesn’t in improving socio-economic conditions in Indigenous communities, we also need to ask what part human rights benchmarks and human rights legislation can play in achieving real improvements to the lives of Indigenous people?


The Mitchell Oration is sponsored by the Equal Opportunity Commission to honour the work and lifelong achievements of Dame Roma Mitchell, a trailblazer, in law, government, academic life, public and philanthropic service.

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