Human Rights Medal finalists announced

Date: 
Tuesday 14 November 2017

The Australian Human Rights Commission has announced six finalists for the 2017 Human Rights Medal.

Among them is Chrissie Foster and her husband Anthony. Sadly, Anthony passed away earlier this year, aged 64. The couple spent more than twenty years advocating and campaigning for survivors of child sex abuse, after two of their three daughters were abused by a Catholic priest in Melbourne. Their advocacy helped bring about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Dr John Malouf is an Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck surgeon. For the past seven years, he has provided free surgical outreach programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in remote communities in Queensland. His programs aim to close the gap in health equality for Indigenous peoples, particularly in relation to ear and hearing conditions, and preventing subsequent disease or permanent disability.

Walter Mikac is an advocate for strong gun control and the Founding Patron of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation. After the loss of his wife and two children in the tragic massacre at Port Arthur in 1996, Walter asked the then Prime Minister, the Hon John Howard, to review the nation’s gun laws. Today, Walter Mikac continues to be committed to the protection and rights of children by providing a voice for victims of serious violence and/or bullying.

Since the murder of her daughter just over ten years ago by a man posing as a teenager online, Sonya Ryan has campaigned for stronger laws to protect young people online. She set up the Carly Ryan Foundation and in June, Federal Parliament passed ‘Carly’s Law’ to help protect children on the internet from online predators.

NRL star Johnathan Thurston was recently named the 2018 Queensland Australian of the Year for his ongoing commitment to improving the life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Johnathan is a role model and mentor and is involved in a multitude of community programs including Cowboy House which provides support and accommodation for Indigenous students from remote Queensland communities.

Ben Quilty is a renowned artist and human rights advocate. He campaigned tirelessly against the death penalty and produced art with Myuran Sukumaran, an Australian who was convicted of drug trafficking and sentenced to death in Indonesia. Ben’s other works include an installation of hundreds of vests to symbolise the refugee crisis.

The Human Rights Commission President Rosalind Croucher has congratulated the finalists for their outstanding work as fearless advocates protecting and advancing human rights in Australia.

The Medal, sponsored by LexisNexis Australia, will be announced at the Human Rights Awards on Friday, 8 December 2017 at Sydney’s Westin Hotel.

Tickets are available here https://hrawards.humanrights.gov.au/tickets

Major Sponsor LexisNexis - Awards Sponsors Delegation of the European Union to Australia, Blueberry Events and Trophy Land

 

Human Rights Awards 2018 Nomination Form

Conditions of entry

To be eligible for nomination, entrants must have made a significant contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights IN AUSTRALIA and been active in this area between August 2017 and August 2018.

All nominations must include the application form along with supporting documentation.

If you wish to apply for more than one award, an individual application form for each award must be submitted.

Please select ONE of the following Award categories *
Nominee details - details of the person or organisation being nominated
* This is the name/s of the individual, organisation, government body or business that will appear on the medal or award if the nominee wins
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Tell us about the business you are nominating

How has the business contributed to the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia? Please provide a short written explanation with your nomination.

Examples can include:

  • taking action to overcome discrimination or infringements of human rights within Australia
  • encouraging greater social harmony within Australia in a range of areas such as race relations, gender equality and the treatment of children and young people
  • enhancing the rights of Indigenous Australians
  • promoting equal opportunity for people with a disability in Australia or countering discrimination on the basis of age or sexuality
  • increasing awareness of issues of injustice or inequality in Australia

We want to understand how the business you are nominating impacts human rights, for example, through:

  • Programs and initiatives that demonstrate leadership and commitment to responsible business practices
  • Business protection and promotion of human rights within direct operational control as well as across the value chain
  • Implementation of initiatives that have a positive impact on the broader community and help generate long term change
  • Business actions focused on prevention of human rights abuse as well as promotion of human rights

Where possible, please provide quantitative and/or qualitative evidence of the outcomes of the work, program or initiative (e.g. case studies, reports, testimony, etc).

Tell us about the person or organisation you are nominating

How have they contributed to the promotion and protection of human rights in Australia? Please provide a short written explanation with your nomination.

Examples can include:

  • taking action to overcome discrimination or infringements of human rights within Australia
  • encouraging greater social harmony within Australia in a range of areas such as race relations, gender equality and the treatment of children and young people
  • enhancing the rights of Indigenous Australians
  • promoting equal opportunity for people with a disability in Australia or countering discrimination on the basis of age or sexuality
  • increasing awareness of issues of injustice or inequality in Australia
Supporting Documentation

This could include media stories such as newspaper articles, biographies, written references and contact details for any referees.

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Announcement of winner

Should your nomination be successful, you must be available to accept the award at the ceremony on Friday 14 December 2018 in Sydney.

Please note, by entering the Human Rights Awards you agree that your name, organisation and details of your supporting material could be published in publicity material for the Human Rights Awards. If you do not wish for these details to be published please email hrawards@humanrights.gov.au

Declaration by person lodging this nomination

I/we confirm, that I/we have read and understand the requirements which relate to my/our nomination category. Where the nominee is an individual, I/we confirm that the nominee is an Australian citizen or permanent resident and that the Young person was under 25 on 30 September 2018.

I/we understand that the judge’s decision is final and that no correspondence will be entered into.

If further information is required, I/we agree to be contacted via phone or email.

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