May 2017 Guest Speaker, Helen Watchirs

ACT_Human_Rights_Commission.jpgA full room of the Vintage Reds were very pleased to welcome Dr Helen Watchirs, the ACT’s Human Rights Commissioner, and formerly (2004-2016) our Discrimination Commissioner.

Dr Watchirs spoke on the work of the Commission, which aims to engage and educate, and to provide accessible services.

Dr Watchirs said that not enough people were aware of their rights to financial support if they were a victim of crime. Very few applications are received.

In April this year, new or reformed grounds for protection against discrimination were introduced, including sexuality, immigration status, and being a victim of domestic violence.

The ACT’s Human Rights Act is powerful as a day-to-day check on legislation.