Inquiry into the provisions of the Australian Human Rights Commission
Legislation Bill 2003
On 27 March 2003, the Senate referred the provisions of the Bill to the
Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee for inquiry and report
by 29 May 2003. Amongst other things, the Bill:
- provides for the restructure of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity
Commission (HREOC) and its renaming as the Australian Human Rights Commission;
- creates an executive structure of a President and three Human Rights
- makes education, dissemination of information and assistance central
functions of the new Commission;
- requires the Commission to obtain the Attorney-General’s consent before
exercising its power to seek leave to intervene in court proceedings
(unless the President was a federal Judge immediately before appointment,
in which case the Attorney-General must be notified); and
- removes HREOC’s power to recommend the payment of damages or compensation
following inquiries into certain types of complaints.
A public hearing will be held on Wednesday 14
commencing at 3.30pm until 4.30pm in Committee Room 2S1, Parliament House
Program - Wednesday 14 May 2003 (Word 22KB)
Submissions received and approved for publication by the Committee
as at 29 April 2003.
Other submissions not yet authorised for publication.
The closing date for lodgement of submissions and/or expressing interest
in giving evidence is Thursday, 24 April 2003.
Submissions become Committee documents and are only made public after a
decision by the Committee. Unauthorised release of submissions is not covered
by parliamentary privilege. Further assistance can be obtained by phoning
the secretariat on (02) 6277 3560.
The Committee encourages the lodgement of submissions in electronic form
to email@example.com. Please
ensure that a postal address and phone number is enclosed with all email
Submissions may also be faxed to (02) 6277 5794.
Report - Tabled 29 May 2003
For further information
Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee
Room S1.61, Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Telephone: (02) 6277 3560
Fax: (02) 6277 5794
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