Tag Archives: human rights commission

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 [...]

It’s easy to have a human rights compliant prison when you never check it for compliance

By 6 November 2013

The ABC has a drearily predictable story on the lack of resources for the Human Rights Commissioner to conduct an audit of the one place in Canberra Human Rights are at serious risk:
Dr Watchirs has told a Legislative Assembly hearing, the prison has never been subject to a human rights audit.
“There’s not sufficient resources [...]

Care and protection in the ACT a mess

By 7 March 2013

The Auditor-General has announced the first report of 2013 Care and Protection System.
The report is vast, and the conclusions lengthy.
But it appears we don’t know where the children are, or how they are.
It is, apparently, hoped that things are getting better, but we can’t know that either.

UPDATE: Joy Burch is taking a glass half full [...]

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 [...]

Greens promising more money for the Human Rights Commission

By 10 August 2012

The Greens have announced if they have their way they’ll spend more money on the Human Rights Commission:
The ACT Greens have announced that they will boost funding for the Human Rights Commission (HRC) by $633,000 over the next four years in order to assist with the increased demands of recent times and to prepare [...]

Greens getting the Human Rights Commission to do their policy development?

By 5 April 2012

The Liberals’ Vicki Dunne is huffing and puffing to the ABC about the results of her epic FOI haul into correspondence between the Human Rights Commission and The Greens:
Liberal MLA Vicki Dunne says emails, released under freedom of information, show the Greens sought advise from the Human Rights Commission on questions to ask during parliamentary [...]

Liberals to strip discrimination protection to target waggers [With poll]

By 21 September 2011

The Liberals’ Zed Seselja has announced plans to legislate a right for shopkeepers to turn away customers they think are students who should be in school.
“Last year, the Lanyon High School Principal tried to stop wagging by asking local shop keepers not to serve students during school hours.
“ACT Labor, together with the Human Rights Commissioner, [...]

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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