Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs

Current Inquiries

Government Response to Crimes at Sea Report

On 24 November 2014 the Government tabled its response to the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs in its 2013 report Troubled Waters - Inquiry into the arrangements surrounding crimes at sea.

Australian South Sea Islanders

On 27 November 2014 the Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee held a roundtable discussion to mark the 20th anniversary of the recognition of the Australian South Sea Islanders (ASSI) by the Australian Government.

In 1994 the Australian Government tabled a response to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) report A Call for Recognition:A Report on the Situation of Australian South Sea Islanders. In this response, the Government recognised the ASSI community as a distinct minority group and agreed to implement all of the recommendations made by the HREOC.

During the roundtable in November, the Committee heard from ASSI representatives who expressed concerns that little progress has been made towards the goals of recognition since 1994. The transcript of this hearing can be found at this link.

Child support inquiry November update

Committee Chair George Christensen MP and Deputy Chair Sharon Claydon MP give an update on the Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee inquiry in the child support program in Australia.

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs
PO Box 6021
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: (02) 6277 2223
Fax: (02) 6277 8594

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About this committee

The Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs is appointed under Standing Order 215.

The Committee may inquire into and report on any matter referred to it by either the House or a Minister, including any pre-legislation proposal, bill, motion, petition, vote or expenditure, other financial matter, report or document.

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