Seminar: Realising the Human Right to Social Security: An Australian Story Unfolding

Seminar: Realising the Human Right to Social Security: An Australian Story Unfolding
Event date: 
29 Apr 2013
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Staff Common Room, Level 2, UNSW Law (F8) UNSW
9385 1803


The seminar will examine the historic first reference to the new Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights by ACOSS which applies the international human right to social security to the recent cuts to income support for sole parents. It will also consider the application of human rights to recent changes to income entitlements for people with disability and to people on bridging visas awaiting decisions on their application for asylum. 


 Beth Goldblatt  

Beth is a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Human Rights Centre, UNSW where she leads a project on Gender and the Right to Social Security. She is joint convenor of the International Initiative to Promote Women’s Rights to Social Security and Protection with Professor Lucie Lamarche of the University of Ottawa. Beth has worked with ACOSS on the campaign against cuts to sole parenting payments.

 Dr Cassandra Goldie LLB (Hons) (UWA) PhD (UNSW) 


Cassandra initiated the reference of the Bill reducing single parent payments to both the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and subsequently the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Extreme Poverty. Cassandra is a recognised expert in international human rights law, including economic, social and cultural rights, and was recently nominated as amongst the 100 most influential women in Australia by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac. 

 Gerard Thomas

Media and Policy Officer, Welfare Rights Centre and ACOSS Board Member

Gerard is one of Australia's leading expert on social security policy, with a long proud record of effective advocacy in support of people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. Gerard has been instrumental in national efforts to improve the adequacy of income support for single parents, people with disability, people seeking asylum and people who are long term unemployed. He is one of the key architects of the $35 a Day is Not Enough National Campaign. 

This is a joint seminar hosted by the Australian Human Rights Centre and the Australian Council of Social Service.

To attend, please register here.