The Human Rights Awards ceremony took place at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney on Sunday 24 November 1991, presided by the Commission's President, Sir Ronald Wilson and compered by magistrate, Ms Pat O'Shane. Mr Chris Puplick, former Liberal Senator for New South Wales, and broadcaster Ms Geraldine Doogue presented the awards.
human rights medal
Winner: Hon. Justice Michael Kirby AC, CMG
The prestigious Australian Human Rights Medal was awarded to the Hon. Justice Michael Kirby AC, CMG in recognition of his consistent and outstanding contribution over many years to the promotion, observance and understanding of human rights.
Sir Ronald Wilson described Justice Kirby as 'an extremely warm and caring person who has devoted the major part of his life, both on a professional and private level, to the promotion, recognition and observance of individual rights. His effective advocacy and his integrity have been responsible for influencing many people both here in Australia and on the international scene'. His tireless advocacy of human rights causes both in Australia and on the international scene'. His tireless advocacy of human rights causes both in Australia and overseas was also attested to in a personal tribute from former Prime Minister Mr Gough Whitlam.
Throughout the past decade, Justice Kirby has been a prolific speaker and writer on such issues as privacy, criminal procedure, equal opportunity, freedom of speech, indigenous rights and the domestic application of international human rights treaties. He is currently a Commissioner of the World Health Organisation Global Commission on AIDS, where he is promoting the rights of HIV/AIDS sufferers against discrimination and fighting oppressive and impractical measures such as compulsory screening, detention and segregation.
non - fiction award
Winner: Tell Me I'm Here - Anne Deveson
Anne Deveson's personal and deeply moving account of her son Jonathon's schizophrenia.
Winner: Master of the Ghost Dreaming - Mudrooroo Nyoongah (Colin Johnson)
Set in the 19th century, this novel tells the story of a small Aboriginal tribe under the threat of white invasion.
Winner: Komninos - Komninos Zervos
A collection of poetry by Greek-Australian poet.
Winner: Bran Nue Dae - Jimmy Chi
Jimmy Chi and his band Knuckles wrote and composed this highly-acclaimed and very popular musical about a young Aborigine's journey to consciousness.
Winner: Treaty - Yothu Yindi
Written and performed by Yothu Yindi, an Aboriginal band from the Northern Territory.
feature film award
Winner: A Women's Tale - Paul Cox
The AFI award-winning film from Paul Cox, specially written for lead actress, Sheila Florence. Also starring Gosia Dobrowolska and Norman Kaye, the film celebrates the life of octogenarian Martha, now terminally ill.
documentary film award
Winner: Mr Neal is Entitled to be an Agitator - Darryl Dellora, Director
Darryl Dellora focuses on the late High Court Judge Lionel Murphy and his judgement in the Neal case. Murphy condemned the treatment of Neal, an Aborigine, who was dealt with more harshly by the law because of his political activity.
metropolitan newspapers award
Winner: Adele Horin - Sydney Morning Hearld
For her weekly column 'My Generation'.
regional newspapers award
Winner: Walter Secord - Australian Jewish News
For a collection of articles on human rights.
Winner: Schizophrenia: A Fine Kind of Madness - Lyndall Crisp - The Bulletin
television documentary award
Winner: The Big Finish - Andrew Houghton, Producer and David Marr, Reporter - Four Corners, ABC TV
A profile of Sydney Symphony Orchestra Conductor Stuart Challender
radio documentary winners
Winner: Australia and East Timor: A Debt to Repay - Julie Browning, Writer/Producer - ABC Radio National
Australia's historical links with East Timor and the repercussions of the 1975 invasion.
tv drama award
Winner: Brides of Christ - Penny Chapman and Sue Masters, Executive Producers - ABC TV
Six hour drama series set in Australia during a period of radical upheaval in society and the Catholic Church. Produced by RCC and the ABC, in association with RTE (Ireland) and Channel 4 TV.
Winner: Lotus Glen Correctional Centre, Mareeba Queensland
1991 saw the establishment of a Corporate Award to recognise the efforts of an organisation on promoting human rights.
The winner Lotus Glen is Australia's most modern correctional centre, and prides itself on its innovative and humane approach to the treatment of offenders as well as its commitment to equal opportunity practices for staff.