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Attorney General’s Agenda Busy with the COAG Meeting, Debriefing by Police & Emergency Management & United Nations Review

Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) March 01, 2011

United Nations Human Rights Council 2 Attorney General’s Agenda Busy with the COAG Meeting, Debriefing by Police & Emergency Management & United Nations Review

Attorney General’s Agenda Busy with the COAG Meeting, Debriefing by Police & Emergency Management & United Nations Review

Council of Australian Governments (COAG)

There were a number of significant initiatives to come out of the most recent COAG meeting, in addition to the historic health agreement reached between the Commonwealth, States and Territories.

National Disaster Resilience Strategy – COAG adopted a National Disaster Resilience Strategy and all jurisdictions agreed to take immediate steps to implement its measures. A copy of the press release issued by Prime Minister and Attorney General is located here and a copy of the strategy can be accessed by visiting the COAG website.

Legal Profession Reform – COAG also gave its support to national legal profession reform, which will see improvements for the legal profession and consumers alike. Attached is a link to an opinion piece written by the Attorney General Robert McClelland MP about these reforms that was published in the Legal Affairs section of The Australian on Friday, 18th February.

Ministerial Council on Police and Emergency Management

In February, the Attorney General asked Emergency Services Ministers from the States and Territories to come to Canberra to debrief on one of the most devastating natural disaster seasons in Australia’s history. There are many experiences to be shared and lessons to be learned. It was a very worthwhile meeting that focused on continuing to build community resilience to natural disasters. This is a link to the meeting’s outcomes.

Australia’s Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations

The Australian Government recently appeared before the United Nations Human Rights Council as part of its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR).  The Universal Periodic Review was set up by United Nations in 2006 to create a regular process of review for all countries to ensure they comply with their international human rights obligations. It occurs every four years.

Senator Kate Lundy represented the Australian Government at the UPR as the Attorney General Robert McClelland MP was required in Australia to help coordinate the Government’s response to the floods crisis.


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