Rights Agenda

A June 9, 2010 report in the Sydney Morning Herald by Paul Sheehan said that the Fed Govt was introducing a stealth version of the charter of human rights. The Govt said in May it would not introduce a Human Rights Bill. However, in early June it tabled the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 which is designed to increase the parliamentary scrutiny of legislation. If passed by parliament, the bill will establish a new Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights which will be responsible for making sure that all new bills introduced into Parliament are compatible with Australia’s international human rights treaties. Saltshakers has expressed concern with the legislation. However, the Australian Christian Lobby and the Human Rights Commission welcomed the bill.

For SMH article: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/politics/rudds-electoral-cracks-about-to-open-further-20100609-xugc.html?autostart=1

For ACL comments: http://australianchristianlobby.org.au/2010/06/a-g-introduces-human-rights-scrutiny-laws/

HR Commission comments: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/about/media/media_releases/2010/52_10.html

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POSTED 29 Jun 2010