Tim Wilson

Human Rights Commissioner
'Beyond human rights to exercising freedoms'
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Arrive from 11.30am, lunch 12 noon, speaker 12.30 concludes 1.30pm

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A year after being appointed Austalia’s 6th Human Rights Commissioner and completing a nation-wide Rights and Responsibilities 2014 Consultation, Tim Wilson, will canvas the human rights and freedom issues across Australia. Mr Wilson will discuss the reforms he will seek to advance over the remainder of his 4 years in office. Mr Wilson will also give an overview of the issues he has encountered as the defacto Commissioner for sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex issues and reforms.

Tim Wilson was appointed Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner in February 2014.

Dubbed the “Freedom Commissioner”, Tim is a proud and passionate defender of universal, individual human rights. As Commissioner he is focused on promoting and advancing traditional human rights and freedoms, including free speech, freedom of association, worship and movement and property rights.

Prior to his appointment Tim was a public policy analyst and a policy director at the world’s oldest free market think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs. He has also worked in trade and communication consulting, international aid and development, as well politics. He has served as a Board member of Monash University’s Council and on the Victorian Board of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

He has extensive experience in public debate and has had many regular radio and television commitments, with both commercial and public broadcasters. The Australian newspaper recognised Tim as one of the ten emerging leaders of Australian society. He has written extensively for newspapers, journals and books. He recently co-edited the book Turning Left or Right: Values in Modern Politics.

Tim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Policy) and a Masters of Diplomacy and Trade (International Trade) from Monash University. He has also completed executive education at Geneva’s Institut de Hautes Etudes Internationales et du Développement and the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Worldwide Academy.

Tim lives with his partner, Ryan.