HREOCHuman Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (Australia)
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HREOC (1997) also outlined many incidents of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse of Aboriginal children within institutional care as a result of the Stolen Generations, and demonstrated overwhelming evidence of inappropriate care of children, including neglect, inadequate medical treatment, and racism by delegated "caregivers" (Atkinson 2005).
HREOC (Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission) 1998 Article 18: Freedom of Religion and Belief in Australia, Sydney, Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission.
HREOC has long recommended a national, government-funded, 14-week paid maternity leave scheme as a basic minimum standard for Australian women,' she said.
The generally used term for these children is 'stolen generation', but the more precise term is 'the separated children', used by HREOC to include not only children who were taken by the police, but also those who were, for various reasons, sent to a mission for care or schooling and who very often lost contact with their parents and were unable to repair the broken parent/child bond after years of separation.
56) In fact, submissions to the HREOC inquiry into paid maternity leave suggest that this voice made itself loudly and effectively heard.
Well over a decade ago HREOC (1998) reported that members of religions such as Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, Jews, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Sikhs and Scientologists (as well as a number of lesser known minority groups) were most likely to be the victims of religious discrimination.
The most recent review of these laws, for instance, concluded that such laws have contributed to these citizens experiencing "a considerable increase in fear, a growing sense of alienation from the wider community and an increase in distrust of authority" (SLRC, 2006: 5; see also HREOC, 2004: 67-69).
The community repeatedly told HREOC that the burning issue was about time: time pressures, conflicting demands on time and a desire for more time to enjoy family and friends that was at the heart of efforts to strike the balance between paid work and family responsibilities.
During the period covered by this report, the HREOC did not report to Parliament on any religious discrimination cases involving a government agency.
The HREOC report sums up its estimation as lying between one in three and one in ten in the period between 1910 and 1970, and points out both that 'not one indigenous family has escaped the effects of forcible removal' and that 'most families have been affected, in one or more generations, by the forcible removal of one or more children' (HREOC 1997:37).
From the charitable organisations who were forced to sign contracts that prohibited them from public criticism of governments when they took on the job networks, to the cutting of funding to monitoring institutions such as HREOC, to the continual erosion of the independence of the public service, the tolerance for active dissent in the public political domain has been severely curtailed.