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Hugh de Kretser: All Right For Us But Not for Them: Selectivity in Australia’s Human Rights Protection


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Apathy towards rights protections. An underdeveloped rights culture. Opposition to the equal sharing of rights. All these things undermine Australia’s (otherwise good) record on human rights. Whether it’s our treatment of asylum seekers or the current debate around free speech, a concerning trend of selectivity hampers the realisation of rights for all. Looking back into our rights history to examine today’s issues, Hugh de Kretser will outline a vision for stronger, universal protection of rights in Australia.


Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good rant. Every Thursday, the Wheeler Centre hosts an old-fashioned Speakers’ Corner in the middle of the city, where writers and thinkers can have their say on the topics that won’t let them sleep at night.

Featuring some of our most compelling voices across just about every sector of human endeavour you can imagine, the themes dominating Lunchbox/Soapbox are proudly idiosyncratic. BYO lunch. Ideas provided.


Hugh de Kretser

Hugh de Kretser is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre. He has worked on family violence, sexual assault and criminal justice issues for over a decade across his current role and previously as Executive Officer of the Victorian Federation of Community Legal Centres (2007–2013) an... Read more


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