Public Hearings on Human Rights

Issue date: Thursday, 17 June 2021

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A public hearing on Friday, 18 June 2021 will examine Australia’s role internationally in promoting the elimination of child and forced marriage and the human rights of women and girls in the Pacific.

9am to 12.00pm – child and forced marriage
1.00pm to 3.30pm – human rights of women and girls in the Pacific.
Programs for the morning session and the afternoon session are available.

Child and Forced Marriage

Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Chair of the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the JSCFADT said ‘Australia has played a strong international role in efforts to combat modern slavery, and the Sub-Committee is looking forward to hearing about what more can be done to advocate for an end to child and forced marriage.’

The Sub-committee will hear from government and non-government stakeholders, including Walk Free, Anti-Slavery Australia and the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH).

Representatives from Australian Border Force, the Department of Home Affairs, Australian Federal Police and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will also be in attendance.

Human Rights of women and girls in the Pacific

The Committee commenced its inquiry into the human rights of women and girls in the Pacific prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and received many informative submissions last year. The Committee heard of the initial impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic was having on the delivery of programmes in the Pacific, and is interested to hear how the previous year in this space has progressed.

Public hearing details

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and limited room capacity, committee proceedings held at Australian Parliament House are currently not open to members of the public wishing to observe the hearing in-person. The audio of the hearing will be broadcast via the Parliamentary website.

Date: Friday 18 June 2021.
Time: 9.00am to 3.30pm
Location: Committee Room 1R1, Parliament House, Canberra

9.00am–12.00pm: Elimination of child and forced marriage
9:00am–9:45am: DFAT, ABF, Home Affairs, AFP
10:00am–11:15am: Roundtable
:00pm: Follow up with government agencies

1.00pm–3.30pm: Human rights of women and girls in the Pacific.
1:00pm–2:00pm: DFAT
2:15pm–3:30pm: Roundtable

Further information can be found on the Committee’s website.

Media inquiries

Hon Kevin Andrews MP, Sub-committee Chair
Contact: Cristy Elliot
Phone: 03 9848 9900

For background information

Committee Secretariat
02 6277 2313

For more information about this Committee, you can visit its website. On the site, you can make a submission to an inquiry, read other submissions, and get details for upcoming public hearings. You can also track the Committee and receive email updates by clicking on the blue ‘Track Committee’ button in the bottom right hand corner of the page.

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