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 from 1 January 2014.
“Dr Watchirs has been a highly effective advocate for the protection and promotion of human rights in the Territory as the Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission since 2004,” Mr Corbell said.
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“Dr Watchirs will continue to perform her roles as Human Rights and Discrimination Commissioner during this time.
“The Office of the Public Advocate performs very important guardianship and advocacy functions to ensure that the Government appropriately supports vulnerable members of our community.
“I welcome the contributions of Dr Watchirs, and the experience she brings, to the Office over the coming months.
“The temporary appointment of Dr Watchirs will maximise options for consideration of the arrangements for the human rights related statutory office holder positions in 2014.”
The Attorney-General also thanked the departing Public Advocate, Anita Phillips, for her service to the Territory.