Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Bill 2003

Type
Government
Portfolio
Attorney-General 
Originating house
House of Representatives 
Status
Not Proceeding 
Parliament no
40
Summary
Provides for the restructure of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (including abolition of the positions of Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Race Discrimination Commissioner and Sex Discrimination Commissioner) and the Commission’s renaming as the Australian Human Rights Commission. Also provides for: greater focus on education, dissemination of information on human rights and assistance to business and the community; prior approval of, or notification to, the Attorney-General of proposed interventions in court proceedings by the Commission; removal of power to recommend payment of damages or compensation in certain circumstances; appointment of part-time complaints commissioners; abolition of the Community Relations Council and advisory councils; removal of powers of delegation from the
Disability Discrimination Act 1992
,
Racial Discrimination Act 1975
  and
Sex Discrimination Act 1984
  and consolidation into one delegation provision; and includes application and transitional provisions. Amends five Acts including the
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986
  and makes consequential amendments to 13 other Acts. 

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Progress

House of Representatives
27 Mar 2003Introduced and read a first time
27 Mar 2003Second reading moved
27 Jun 2003Second reading agreed to
27 Jun 2003Third reading agreed to
Senate
11 Aug 2003Introduced and read a first time
11 Aug 2003Second reading moved
16 Nov 2004Lapsed at end of Parliament

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