Legislation to face human rights test

Australian Government policies and their compatibility with international human rights obligations will come under scrutiny, Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, has announced. The Government has introduced legislation to establish a new Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights to examine legislation for consistency with human rights obligations. These obligations are contained in the seven core international human rights treaties to […]

Human Rights Commissioner welcomes independent national security monitor

The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Government's commitment to appoint an independent national security monitor. Human Rights Commissioner, Cathy Branson, said the passage of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Bill would help strengthen Australia's human rights protections. “This legislation means that a Monitor will be in place with the important role of […]

Deadline on human rights medal nominations

By Staff Writer Organised by the Australian Human Rights Commission for more than a decade, the Australian Human Rights Medals and Awards recognise the efforts of individuals and organisations to improve the rights of others. Nominations for this year’s awards close tomorrow. Australian Human Rights Commission president Cathy Branson QC said she expects to receive […]

Nominations open for human rights awards

By Staff Writer The Australian Human Rights Commission is calling for nominations for this year’s Human Rights Medals and Awards. The awards recognise individuals and organisations who have made outstanding  efforts to protect human rights in Australia, through community work, law, writing and the media. Nominations are being called for the Human Rights Medal, the […]


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