Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Bill 2003

Type
Government
Portfolio
Attorney-General
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Not Proceeding
Parliament no
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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.

Progress

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

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Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
  • As passed by both houses: Final text of bill agreed to by both the House of Representatives and the Senate which is presented to the Governor-General for assent.

Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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