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Housing and Human Rights: Rights where it matters

Held on the 11th Oct 2022

at 6pm to
7pm


Add to Calendar 2022-10-11 18:00:00 2022-10-11 19:00:00 Australia/Sydney Housing and Human Rights: Rights where it matters President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, presents the 2022 Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay Campus and online
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Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay Campus and online

Summary:

President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, presents the 2022 Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture

Presenter(s):

  • Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM

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Homelessness can happen to anyone. People with disability are at an increased risk and they are joined by a growing invisible cohort of older women. COVID-19 was a trigger for state governments to find shelter for people living rough, illustrating that solutions to homelessness are available to us. The right to adequate standard of living, including adequate food, clothing and housing is enshrined in the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which Australia is a party. In this presentation Professor Croucher explores how a Human Rights Act for Australia could ‘bring this right home’ as part of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s project, Free and Equal: A National Conversation on Human Rights.


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Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM FRSA FACLM (Hon) FAAL TEP

Croucher commenced a seven-year term as President of the Australian Human Rights Commission on 30 July 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, Rosalind was President of the Australian Law Reform Commission (2009–2017) and Commissioner (2006–2009), where she led a number of significant law reform inquiries.

She has lectured and published extensively, principally in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance, legal history and increasingly in public policy. In 2011 she was recognised as one of the 40 ‘inspirational alumni’ of UNSW, where she gained her PhD. In 2014 Croucher was acknowledged for her contributions to public policy as one of Australia’s ‘100 Women of Influence’ in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac awards; and for her ‘outstanding contribution to the legal profession’ was awarded the Australian Women Lawyer’s award. In 2015 she was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant service to the law as an academic, to legal reform and education, to professional development, and to the arts’; and in 2016 Macquarie University conferred on her the title of Emeritus Professor.


The Sandy Duncanson Legacy

Photo of Sandy DuncansonTasmanian lawyer Alexander (Sandy) Duncanson died in June 2010 at the age of 37, after surviving cancer for 16 years.  Sandy was widely respected for his work in the community legal and housing sectors. In 2002 Sandy visited Woomera Detention Centre and interviewed refugees seeking asylum. At the time he was still a law student and this experience had a lasting impact, inspiring Sandy to dedicate his working life to social justice.

The University of Tasmania holds a public lecture in Sandy's name each year, raising awareness of social justice issues amongst University of Tasmania students and staff, legal practitioners and other professionals, and across the wider Tasmanian community.