Good 360
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES FOR THE COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Politics

New Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Established


Thursday, 22nd March 2012 at 11:44 am
Staff Reporter
Federal Parliament has established a Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Not for Profit sector is urging the committee to investigate the controversial NT Intervention legislation, Stronger Futures, as its first priority.

Thursday, 22nd March 2012
at 11:44 am
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
New Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights Established
Thursday, 22nd March 2012 at 11:44 am
Flickr image: Some rights reserved by riacale

Federal Parliament has established a Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Not for Profit sector is urging the committee to investigate the controversial NT Intervention legislation, Stronger Futures, as its first priority.

The committee was established by the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 last week to examine Bills for Acts and legislation that come before either House of the Parliament for compatibility with human rights.

Yesterday, the Not for Profit Stand For Freedom campaign, created by Our Generation in partnership with national aboriginal advocacy group ANTaR, delivered a petition to the Senate signed by 33,000 Australians urging the Gillard Government to withdraw the controversial NT Intervention, Stronger Futures legislation.

The legislation is expected to be debated in the Senate today.

Campaign Director, Damien Curtis, said the legislation has been created without the consent of Aboriginal people in the NT, and goes against their wishes for more control over their own lives.

“Tens of thousands of Australians are now calling for these bills to be withdrawn immediately,” he said.

The National Director of ANTaR, Jacqueline Phillips says her group will be pushing for the Human Rights committee to scrutinise the Stronger Futures legislation as a matter of urgency.

The new Human Rights committee consists of 10 members, 3 Members of the House of Representatives, 2 Members of the House of Representatives, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Government in the Senate, 2 Senators to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and 1 Senator to be nominated by any minority group or independent Senator;

The committee has yet to elect its chair.

Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, has been appointed as the Greens representative on Joint Committee on Human Rights.

Senator Wright, who is a lawyer and has been an advocate for the disadvantaged in the Australian community for three decades, said “it is very important that the committee works to as high a standard as possible to improve accountability and transparency with regard to the human rights impact of legislation.

“It is vital that the committee acts as more than a ‘rubber stamp’. The committee must ensure that legislation is properly considered in the light of human rights standards which will benefit us all.

Details about the Human Rights Commitee can be found here. 



FEATURED SUPPLIERS


Brennan IT helps not-for-profit (NFP) organisations drive gr...

Brennan IT

NGO Recruitment is Australia’s not-for-profit sector recru...

NGO Recruitment

Yes we’re lawyers, but we do a lot more....

Moores

HLB Mann Judd is a specialist Accounting and Advisory firm t...

HLB Mann Judd

More Suppliers


YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

UN Slams Australia For Marriage Postal Survey and Refugee Treatment

Luke Michael

Friday, 10th November 2017 at 4:00 pm

Sector Rallies Over Asylum Seeker Welfare Crackdown

Wendy Williams

Tuesday, 29th August 2017 at 8:44 am

Senate Vote to Increase Income Support Payments Fails

Lina Caneva

Monday, 14th August 2017 at 4:20 pm

Nominate for Human Rights Award

Lina Caneva

Monday, 14th August 2017 at 1:54 pm

POPULAR

Red Cross Moves to Wage-Based Fundraising Model

Lina Caneva

Thursday, 16th November 2017 at 8:30 am

Disability Advocacy Group Fights to Restore State Funding

Luke Michael

Thursday, 9th November 2017 at 8:37 am

Concerns Raised Over New ACNC Board Appointments

Luke Michael

Monday, 20th November 2017 at 2:28 pm

New Same-Sex Marriage Bill Looks to Protect Faith-Based Charities

Luke Michael

Monday, 13th November 2017 at 5:25 pm

Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Good 360
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!