Marriage equality

A message from the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Kevin Cocks, on the current marriage equality debate and the risks of vilification and discrimination.

View the Marriage equality message Link to external website Run time is 2.54 minutes.

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2016: 25th anniversary of the Act

Reflecting on 25 years of the Act

To mark 25 years of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 , State Library of Queensland and the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland asked activists, politicians, community advocates, social justice professionals, and everyday Queenslanders to share their thoughts about the impact of the Act, and personal and community stories of challenge and triumph against discrimination. This compilation is a selection of those responses. Each of the individual stories follow.

View Reflecting on 25 years of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 compilation.Link to external websiteRun time is 4:34 minutes.

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Cocks v State of Qld

Kevin Cocks, Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, shares a poignant personal story of his fight to enter with ease, dignity and respect one of Queensland's most iconic buildings, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Cocks’ resilience and tenacity to advocate for and protect the rights of people with impairments and mobility issues led to a significant change in the Building Code of Australia.

View Cocks v State of Qld.Link to external website Run time is 7:07 minutes

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A woman's right

Women in Queensland have every right to live and work free from discrimination. Change in community attitudes influenced by anti-discrimination legislation has brought about significant cultural change. Yet, the struggle for women’s rights continues. Neroli Holmes, Queensland''s Deputy Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, and Kerriann Dear from Working Women Queensland, share their thoughts on how far Queensland has come in fostering a society free of sex discrimination and how important it is for all Queenslanders to keep up the momentum.

View A woman's right.Link to external website Run time is 6:44 minutes.

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A clear message

When the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 was amended in 2002 to include gender identity and sexuality as attributes, it sent a clear message that discrimination against and vilification of LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex) Queenslanders would not be tolerated. Today, members of the LGBTI community celebrate such recognition while continuing the struggle for equality. Evie Ryder from Open Doors and Matilda Alexander from the LGBTI Legal Service give an insight into the challenges faced by the LGBTI community and the journey towards a more tolerant Queensland.

View A clear message.Link to external website Run time is 4:23 minutes.

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The Chai Community

The Chai Community is more than a gathering of like-minded women from the Gold Coast – it is an inspiring community story of individual responsibility and belonging. Formed in response to negative reactions to the building of a mosque in Currumbin, The Chai Community meets regularly to learn, share ideas, and drink Chai. Ishrat Abdool, Ree Ali, and Lesley Bryant, three members of The Chai Community, share their journey of understanding and how with the help of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland they are bringing about change in their local community.

View The Chai Community.Link to external website Run time is 5:44 minutes

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Building a case to Act

The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 was one of Queensland’s most important laws to be passed as part of major legal reform undertaken by the Goss Labour Government in the early 1990s. The Act was a game-changer that would influence the way Queenslanders lived, worked, and interacted. Twenty-five years later, what was the impact of the Act and is anti-discrimination legislation enough to protect human rights in Queensland? Dean Wells, Barrister and former Queensland Attorney-General (1989-1995), The Honourable Yvette D’Ath, Queensland Attorney-General (2015-current), and Aimee McVeigh, Campaign Coordinator for A Human Rights Act in Queensland, reflect on 25 years of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 and its relevance to all Queenslanders.

View Building a case to Act.Link to external website Run time is 8:37 minutes.

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A Human Rights Act for Queensland (2016)

The Queensland Parliament has ordered an inquiry into whether a Human Rights Act is needed in Queensland. Former Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, Helen Szoke and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mick Gooda talk about their experiences with human rights legislation and the benefits it could bring to Queensland if introduced.

View A Human Rights Act for Queensland. Run time is 6:52 minutes.

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Bystander Action

Have you seen public acts of vilification, racism, or abuse but been unsure what to do? This video gives you some practical tips for taking action when it is safe to do so.

View Bystander Action. Run time is 2:19 minutes.

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Bank of Queensland

General Manager of HR, Ian Doyle talks about BOQ's strategies for increasing workforce diversity, in particular to address the under-representation of women in executive roles. Ian discusses why BOQ asks recruitment agencies to remove all identifying information from applications for executive positions, and why it has implemented Unconscious Bias training and Flexibility workshops for management and the recruitment team.

View Bank of Queensland: Diversity and Inclusion story. Run time is 4:34 minutes.

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Message of community support

Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, Kevin Cocks delivers a message to the Queensland community about standing up to acts of vilification and discrimination.

View Message of community support. Run time is 2:40 minutes.

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Peter Rowe Butter Factory Exhibition

Colour is My Voice was artist Peter Rowe's first solo exhibition, held at the Butter Factory Arts Centre and opened on International Day of People with a Disability. This video tells the inspiring story of how Peter, who has Down Syndrome and cannot speak, communicates through his art and though a system called Facilitated Communication, and of how he became a successful artist.

View Peter Rowe Butter Factory Exhibition Opening:4 December 2014. Run time is 10:55 minutes.

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Robert Jones Oration

On Thursday 8 May 2014, the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland held in partnership with Spinal Injuries Australia, the inaugural Robert Jones Memorial Oration.

View Robert Jones Oration Video 2014. Run time is 40:00 minutes.

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Talk the Walk

The Anti-Discrimination Commission in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law and Recognise held a public forum to raise awareness, and discuss constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.

View Talk the Walk Link to external website. Run time is 1hour 13:13 minutes.

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Getting a fair go in the tribunal

Anti-discrimination applications through Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT): A guide for applicants, respondents and advocates.

View Getting a fair go in the tribunal. Run time is 13:51 minutes.

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Beach Day Out

Disability Action Week (DAW) aims to encourage positive attitudes towards people with a disability. As part of DAW 2013, ADCQ partnered with a variety of private and community based organisations in Central Queensland to host the annual Beach Day Out event in Yeppoon.

View Beach Day Out 2013. Run time is 4:37 minutes.

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20th Anniversary of Queensland Anti-Discrimination Law

To commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act in 2011, the Anti-Discrimination Commission asked Queenslanders what more needs to be done to make our state more fair and inclusive. What would you do?

View 20th Anniversary of Queensland Anti-Discrimination Law. Run time is 6:38 minutes.

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Working it through

This video explains how conciliation conferences are run at the Commission. It is useful for complainants, respondents, legal representatives and others who may attend a conciliation conference as a support person.

View Working it through. Run time is 5:56 minutes.

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