Violence – Harassment – Bullying – Australian Human Rights Laws Strengthened
Australia – (News4us.com) November 28, 2011
The Human Rights Commission in Australia has overseen the passage last week of laws that will strengthen Australia’s commitment to human rights.
Describing the newly passed Bill as major steps forward in the protection of human rights.
Commission President Catherine Branson QC. Was stated as saying “Passage of this legislation will help to make sure that a dialogue about human rights accompanies every piece of legislation introduced into the federal Parliament.”
“This will provide a new transparency in our law-making and require the Government to think twice before passing laws that breach human rights.”
“Importantly, it will also compel the Government to explain to the Parliament and the public when it thinks it is necessary to override human rights considerations when passing laws.” Ms Branson said.
The Australian parliamentary policy development process should now contain an intrinsic base groundwork focused towards human rights and its impact on said legislation.
Ms Branson went on to say that she hoped that over time the Committee’s operation will contribute to broad acceptance and understanding of human rights in Australia, and that its role will be seen as an accepted and expected level of scrutiny for all proposed legislation.
She also looked forward to working with the Administrative Review Council. “To ensure that human rights are fully considered in the process of administrative review,” Ms Branson said.
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