President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, presents the 2022 Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Lecture.
Homelessness can happen to anyone. People with disability are at an increased risk and they are joined by a growing invisible cohort of older women. COVID-19 was a trigger for state governments to find shelter for people living rough, illustrating that solutions to homelessness are available to us. The right to adequate standard of living, including adequate food, clothing and housing is enshrined in the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, to which Australia is a party. In this presentation Professor Croucher explores how a Human Rights Act for Australia could ‘bring this right home’ as part of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s project, Free and Equal: A National Conversation on Human Rights.