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Human Rights, Non-Discrimination and the Role of Governments in Public Law Litigation

By Ernst Willheim

This article is part of our March theme, which focuses on an ongoing challenge to Australian society: Race & Discrimination. Read our Editorial for more on this theme. Public policy values, particularly human rights principles and non-discrimination principles, should guide governments in the conduct of public law litigation. The Commonwealth’s Obligations to Act as a […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik

8 March 2012 Australia’s Peak Public Health Body announces opposition to Stronger Futures Bill The Public Health Association of Australia has announced its opposition to the Federal Government’s Stronger Futures Bill. The Bill proposes to introduce compulsory income management on social security allowances and penalties for possessing alcohol in order to tackle issues related to […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik

1 March 2012 Commonwealth Attorney-General moves to increase oversight of places of detention The Australian Human Rights Commission has welcomed Australia’s progress towards ratifying and implementing the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT). The Optional Protocol aims to prevent ill treatment and promote humane conditions in places of detention by establishing a system […]

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This Week’s Human Rights News

By Eva Csik

9 February 2012 Australian Lawyer’s Alliance warns of risk of increase in Indigenous incarceration rates The Australian Lawyers alliance has warned that high incarceration rates among Indigenous and Torres Strait Islanders could get worse if the federal government pursues its plan to launch a second phase of the Northern Territory intervention. The legislation will expand […]

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This Week’s Human Rights News

By Eva Csik

2 February 2012 Alarming increase in detention rates among young Indigenous people Yesterday, Greens Senator Penny Wright drew attention to the alarming increase in the number of Indigenous youth in detention. The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2012 showed that juvenile detention rates for Indigenous people aged between 10 and 17 years increased by […]