On 8 November 2016, pursuant to the section 7(c) of the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011, the Attorney-General referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights the following matters for inquiry and report:
- whether the operation of Part IIA of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (including sections 18C and 18D) impose unreasonable restrictions on freedom of speech; and
- whether the complaints-handling procedures of the Australian Human Rights Commission should be reformed.
The full terms of reference are available.
The closing date for submissions was set as Friday, 9 December 2016; however, the committee has agreed to accept submissions until 23 December 2016 if an extension is required.
Please be aware that the committee has received a large number of documents in relation to this inquiry, and as a result, there are delays in publishing submissions on the inquiry webpage.
Please note that the public hearings currently scheduled reflect the most recent program agreed to by the committee. Further hearings may be added.
The reporting date for this inquiry is 28 February 2017.