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Human Rights Commissioner in Top End visit

By Katie Weiss

Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has given a talk at CDU during his national tour Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has given a talk at CDU during his national tour

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has made his first visit as commissioner to Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus.

Mr Wilson gave a public talk on the campus about his work, while on his national Rights and Responsibilities 2014 tour.

Members of the legal, business, and not-for-profit sectors attended the event, which was organised by School of Law lecturer Jeswynn Yogaratnam.

Mr Wilson said he was interested in learning about the everyday issues faced by residents of Northern Australia.

“Coming to Darwin is part of our national Rights and Responsibilities consultation, so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to visit (CDU),” he said.

“We are giving a broad overview of the types of acts I am engaging in as Human Rights Commissioner.”

Mr Wilson said he wanted to move beyond the “Canberra-Sydney-Melbourne triangle” by touring rural, remote, and suburban areas of Australia, including Alice Springs.

He said one of his areas of interest was property rights, which were unique in the NT.

“This is why it so important to engage with the non-usual suspects. Because they have a unique perspective,” he said.

The Rights and Responsibilities 2014 tour is part of a nation-wide consultation to engage Australians on how to preserve and protect human rights.

Individuals and organisations can contribute to the Rights and Responsibilities discussion by completing an online survey at W: humanrights.gov.au/rights-responsibilities-2014-online-survey