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Human rights, protection, freedom and COVID-19

The government response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been unlike anything most Australians have ever experienced.  As a community, we have accepted wide-spread restrictions and losses in order to protect the vulnerable and save lives.  But we entered this crisis unequally.  As we begin to contemplate a future with ongoing restrictions and drastic economic fallout, this discussion will consider how a human rights approach can help us get the balance right.  

It will discuss questions including: 

  • How do we best navigate the relationship between protection and freedom? 
  • What do losses of livelihood, housing, safety and dignity mean for human rights? 
  • How do we promote the human rights of those most vulnerable to COVID-19 (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, older people and the already unwell) at a time where they are subject to wide-ranging restrictions?  
  • What do we need to be vigilant about in the rapidly changing legal and policy space to make sure we preserve human rights in the post-pandemic world? 
  • Join ABC Radio National's Paul Barclay for this online panel discussion.

This is an online event delivered via Zoom.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Caxton Legal Centre
Guest speakers:

Mick Gooda: Mick Gooda has served in numerous senior roles including as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner of the Australian Human Rights Commission and recently on the Eminent Panel for Queensland's Path to Treaty. He is a descendant of the Gangulu people of Central Queensland.

Bridget Burton: Bridget Burton is Director of the Human Rights and Civil Law Practice at Caxton Legal Centre. She is an experienced human rights and anti-discrimination lawyer and is currently jointly leading the Australian NGO contribution to the 2021 UN human rights review of Australia. 

Professor Joseph Ibrahim: Joseph Ibrahim is Professor and Head of the Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University. He is also a practising senior medical specialist in geriatric medicine with over 30 years of clinical experience. Joseph is well respected as an advocate for the rights of people living in aged care.