Bill of Rights – Page 4

ANU law students at the ACT’s Corrections Centre

Adelaide Rief in conversation with Georgia Davis, Amy Sinclair and Stefanie Schweiger

Right Now’s Adelaide Rief spoke with Georgia Davis, Amy Sinclair and Stefanie Schweiger, students at ANU College of Law who have been a part of the Prison Issues Project, an initiative of the College’s Law Reform and Social Justice program. Right Now: It would be great if you could start by explaining a little bit […]

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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

19 January 2012 Expert Panel hands over report for the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the constitution to federal government The Expert Panel consisting of Indigenous and community leaders, constitutional experts and parlimentary members was established a year ago in order to advise the government on recognition of Indigenous Australians in Australia’s constitution. Constitutional recognition […]

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This Week’s Human Rights News

By Eva Csik

24 December 2011 Robert Manne encourages self-scrutiny on asylum seeker policy The recent sinking of a fishing boat that was carrying asylum seekers to Australia from Indonesia has incited Robert Manne to assert that there is “probably no alternative to some form of offshore processing”. Manne has expressed that those on the left of politics […]

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THIS WEEK’S HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS

By Eva Csik and Bec Devitt

Bills strengthening Australia’s Human Rights Obligations passed by Federal Parliament Federal Parliament has passed a legislation which requires the Federal Parliament to consider international human rights obligations when passing new laws. The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010 requires Ministers when introducing legislation or creating a disallowable legislative instrument to table a Statement of Compatibility […]

High Court validates Victorian Human Rights Charter

By Rebecca Devitt

9 September 2011 Yesterday, the High Court of Australia handed down an historic decision in the case of Momcilovic v The Queen (2011) reaffirming the importance of the Victorian Human Rights Charter and held that it “protects fundamental human rights and maintains parliamentary sovereignty.” In the case, Vera Momcilovic appealed against her conviction for drug […]