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Equality Talks: Part 1 - First principles

If human rights are about the relationship between government and the people it serves, then the COVID-19 pandemic raised a multitude of questions and tensions around issues of democratic accountability and participation, policing and justice, and navigating the balance between rights and restrictions. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion of these issues, as we explore the lessons of the past year and the ways our human rights frameworks can help get the balance right.

About this event

First principles was delivered on 3 December 2020 as part of Human Rights Week 2020. In this webinar five speakers delivered short talks on the ways our human rights frameworks can help get the balance right between rights and responsibilities, and support a robust democracy.

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Our speakers

Tom Daly
Deputy Director of the Melbourne School of Government

Roj Amedi
Community organiser and strategist

Luke Cornelius
Assistant Commissioner, Victoria Police

Nerita Waight
CEO, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service

Stan Winford
Assoc. Director, Research, Innovation & Reform, Centre for Innovative Justice

First principles was facilitated by Emily Howie, Head of Legal and Dispute Resolution, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Equality talks is the Commission’s event series that focuses on understanding and applying equal opportunity and human rights principles in our everyday lives. 

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Human Rights Week 2020

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