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History

Established in 1987, the Human Rights Awards, including the Human Rights Medal, are awarded annually by the Australian Human Rights Commission (formerly known as the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission).

The Human Rights Medal is awarded to an individual for 'outstanding contribution to human rights in Australia'. Other awards are given for contributions in other fields, such as radio, television, and community (both individual and organisation).

In 2008, the Young People’s Human Rights Medal was awarded for the first time.

Winners (also see subcategories)v1796

2007 winner (Arts Non-Fiction Award) Alone on the Soaks Alone on the Soaks : The Life and Times of Alec Kruger Alec Kruger , Gerard Waterford , Kadek Krishna Adidharma (translator), 2004 extract autobiography (Alone on the Soaks : The Life and Times of Alec Kruger)
— Appears in: Northern Territory Literary Awards 2004 2004; (p. 5-9)

— Appears in: TERRA : A Bilingual Anthology of Writing from WordStorm, the Northern Territory's Writers' Festival 2007; (p. 204-217)

'Alec Kruger was stolen as a child from his family and his country. From this early time he knew the cold and harsh reality of institutions and not the caressing love of his mother or the warmth of other close relations. Still young, he was taken again – to the cattle stations of Central Australia where, even as a boy, he was expected to display all the independence and ingenuity of someone much older.'

'In isolation. Alec faced possible death, till the arrival of Old People from country who saved him, taught him and made him culturally strong.'

'Alec Kruger spent years droving and roaming throughout the Territory and Queensland, forever seeking his place in the world. He found a sense of belonging and somewhere to call home through having his own family and with the emergence and leadership of groups such as the Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families Aboriginal Corporation in the struggle of recognition, reconciliation and recompense.'

'Alone on the Soaks enhances our understanding of the diverse journeys of Australia’s stolen generations by offering readers intimate stories told in an original and valuable voice.' (Source: publishers blurb)

2004 winner (Community (Organisation) Award) Australian PEN Centres
2000 winner form y separately published work icon Land of the Little Kings ( dir. Des Kootji Raymond ) Sydney : SBS Independent , 2000 Z1921021 2000 single work film/TV

'Archie Roach was about three years old when he was taken from his family. He talks about the value of 'joining the circle' - his metaphor for the recovery that can be achieved by those who have been separated from their families, as they link up again. We meet Jean in Cootamundra who was taken with her four siblings from La Perouse while her mother begged for more time with her children. When Sam Murray was taken as a young boy he was too young to remember his name. Alec Kruger tells stories of the institution he was sent to as a child. His only escape was to join the army.

We meet Archie's partner, Ruby Hunter, also a musician. She returns to her childhood home for the first time and tells the story of how her brothers and sisters were in the care of her grandmother. One day they were offered a trip to the circus by a couple of government officials. Ruby recounts how they were so excited, all dressed up in their Sunday best, expecting to return home to nanna full of wonderful stories. They never returned. Nanna never saw them again and was never told where they went. On her death bed she still cried for her little ones.' (Source: Ronin Films website www.roninfilms.com.au)

Television Category
1999 (Arts) Scott Rankin
1998 John Harding
1996 Con Anemogiannis for work in the television industry
1996 winner (Media) form y separately published work icon The Coolbaroo Club Stephen Kinnane , Roger Scholes , Lauren Marsh , ( dir. Roger Scholes ) Canberra : Annamax Media Coolbaroo Club Productions , 1996 Z1639257 1996 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units)

In Perth, Western Australia, the Coolbaroo Club operated for 14 years (1946-1960) as a meeting place and a community focus for the local Aboriginal community. The Club was the only Aboriginal-run dance club in a city which practised unofficial apartheid. Continually harrassed by police with enforced fraternisation bans and curfews placed on them, the Indigenous population was also required to carry identity cards and deal with bureaucratic obstruction. During its lifetime, the Club attracted black musicians and celebrities from all over Australia and occasionally from overseas, among them Nat 'King' Cole, Harold Blair, and the Harlem Globetrotters.

1996 Rob Riley
1991 Renate Klein
1991 winner (Poetry) Komninos Zervos
1991 winner Mudrooroo
1989 winner y separately published work icon Noonkanbah : Whose Land, Whose Law Steve Hawke , Michael Gallagher , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1989 Z989059 1989 single work prose
1989 winner y separately published work icon Wanamurraganya : The Story of Jack McPhee Sally Morgan , South Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1989 Z795302 1989 single work biography
1989 winner y separately published work icon Came Back to Show You I Could Fly Robin Klein , Ringwood New York (City) : Viking Kestrel Viking , 1989 Z498816 1989 single work novel young adult 'Shy, reserved 11-year-old Seymour is dumped by his over controlling mother to spend his summer holidays with a fussy guardian. Seymour finds himself bored, frustrated and confined to his guardian's house. By chance he meets Angela whom he finds glamorous, beautiful and bubbly. He is flattered by her attentions and her willingness to take him with herself on outings. What Seymour does not realize however, under her happy exterior, Angela is hiding a dark secret. The text slowly unfolds Angela's secret through her interactions with Seymour and with letters placed at the end of chapters like small clues for the reader to decipher.' (Source: Book website)
1988 winner (Poetry) y separately published work icon Inside Black Australia : An Anthology of Aboriginal Poetry Kevin Gilbert (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1988 Z372806 1988 anthology poetry (taught in 3 units)

'Inside Black Australia', is the first anthology of Aboriginal poetry to be published, it contains 150 poems by more than 40 Aboriginal writers and poets.

1987 winner (Literature and other writing) y separately published work icon Dreamtime Nightmares : Biographies of Aborigines under the Queensland Aborigines Act Dreamtime Nightmares : Eight Biographies of Queensland Aborigines Under the Queensland Aborigines Act Bill Rosser , Bill Rosser (interviewer), Canberra : Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies , 1985 Z1350317 1985 anthology biography A collection of interviews of eight Aboriginal people about their experiences in the sheep and cattle industries. These life stories reflect the harsh treatment and living conditions inflicted upon Aboriginal workers on the stations in the north-western areas of Queensland and the Northern Territory border.
1987 Daphne Rose Colless Daphne Rose Colless was the first recipient of this award.
1987 winner y separately published work icon No Sugar Jack Davis , 1980 (Manuscript version)x400874 Z264453 1980 single work drama (taught in 21 units)
— Appears in: ドリーマーズ : ノー・シュガー 2006;

'The spirited story of the Millimurra family’s stand against government ‘protection’ policies in 1930s Australia.' (From the publisher's website.)

1987 winner (Prose Award) y separately published work icon My Place Sally Morgan , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 1987 Z384564 1987 single work autobiography (taught in 30 units)

'In 1982, Sally Morgan travelled back to her grandmother's birthplace. What started as a tentative search for information about her family, turned into an overwhelming emotional and spiritual pilgrimage. My Place is a moving account of a search for truth into which a whole family is gradually drawn, finally freeing the tongues of the author's mother and grandmother, allowing them to tell their own stories.' Source: Publisher's blurb.

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