Senate lecture series

Public lunchtime lectures held at Parliament House in Canberra, on topics related to Parliament and governance.

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Reflections on the 10th anniversary of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (PJCHR)

Panel discussion moderated by Dr Jacqueline Mowbray featuring Mr Harry Jenkins AO, The Hon. Ken Wyatt AM and Mr Graham Perrett MP 

The PJCHR was established in 2012 to help enhance understanding of, and respect for, human rights in Australia. Its role has been to develop appropriate recognition of human rights issues in legislative and policy development. It has also established dialogue between the executive, Parliament, and public about human rights scrutiny concerns.

A decade on, it is timely to reflect on the committee’s work undertaking scrutiny of federal legislation, its impact on the Parliament’s consideration of legislation, and contribution to an awareness of human rights during legislative development.

Mr Harry Jenkins AO and The Hon. Ken Wyatt AM were the inaugural Chair and Deputy Chair of the PJCHR and worked together to establish the committee’s voice within the Parliament. Mr Perrett MP is a current member of the PJCHR and its longest serving member. This lecture provides an opportunity to hear their reflections on the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the committee. The event will be moderated by the PJCHR’s external legal adviser, Associate Professor Jacqueline Mowbray.

Mr Harry Jenkins AO was the Labor member for Scullin (Victoria) from 1986–2013. He served as the 26th Speaker of the House from 2008–2011 and as inaugural Chair of the PJCHR.

The Hon. Ken Wyatt AM was the Liberal member for Hasluck (WA) from 2010–2022. He was the first Indigenous MP and the inaugural Deputy Chair of the PJCJR.

Mr Graham Perrett MP has been the member for Moreton (Qld) since 2007. He is the longest serving member of the PJCHR and was Deputy Chair from 2016-2022.

Dr Jacqueline Mowbray is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney and has been the PJCHR’s external legal adviser since 2018.


Friday 19 August 2022
12.15pm - 1.15pm
Main Committee Room
Free event
Procedure & Research Section
02 6277 3648

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