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Helen Watchirs to also be the Public Advocate

By 9 December 2013

I’m buggered if I can see why we would have a human rights commissioner and a public advocate if one woman can do both jobs anyway.
But Simon Corbell has announced that’s what we’re doing:
Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, today announced the appointment of Dr Helen Watchirs OAM, to act as the ACT Public Advocate for three months [...]

Law Reform Advisory Council memberships

By 5 June 2013

Summaries of Cabinet Outcomes for the whole of May got backloaded this morning.
And lurking in the outcomes for 6 May is an actual announcement:
Cabinet agreed to endorse the following membership of the Law Reform Advisory Council:
– The Chief Police Officer for the ACT;
– Justice John Burns, representative of the Supreme Court of the [...]

Is the Human Rights Commission game worth the candle? [With poll]

By 20 November 2012

The Australian is taking a red hot shot at the ACT Human Rights Commission. (Google the headline and click through to get around the paywall).
The author doesn’t understand the funding arrangements of the ACT Government which somewhat undermines the other claims but it remains an intriguing read and has some telling statistics:
The ACT has [...]

Return to Bimberi as Government claims improved conditions

By 28 July 2012

After last year’s report on the Bimberi Youth Justice Centre which suggested that there were serious issues with the running of the centre, the ACT Government believes that conditions have been greatly improved after the implementation of over a hundred new recommendations. However, others have not shown complete faith in the changes:
Human Rights Commissioner Helen [...]

Simon badly caught out as prison boss sacked

By 21 May 2011

The Canberra Times has a story on the prison’s bossman Doug Buchanan getting sacked and being extremely unhappy about it after prisoners complained about his hands on approach to the Human Right Commission. (Which doesn’t protect human rights much but sure does give griefers and arseholes somewhere to complain to).
As Minister responsible Simon Corbell in [...]

Commission appointments by Simon Corbell

By 4 March 2011

Simon Corbell is clearing his desk out for the weekend and has made some major announcements on commissions in the ACT:
Firstly the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has two new Commissioners:
Malcolm R Gray will take up the appointment as Senior Commissioner and Michael Buckley as Standing Commissioner following the announcement from founding Commissioner Paul Baxter [...]

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