Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017

28 March 2017

© Commonwealth of Australia 2017
ISBN 978-1-76010-556-3

View the report as a single document - (PDF 809KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the committee (PDF 25KB)
Recommendation (PDF 4KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 130KB)

Background to the bill
Financial implications
Compatibility with human rights
Conduct of the inquiry
Structure of this report
Purpose and overview of the bill
Committee view

Labor Senators—Dissenting Report (PDF 150KB)

Inadequate time for reporting
No compelling arguments for amendments to section 18C
Procedural changes to the AHRC Act

Australian Greens—Dissenting Report (PDF 135KB)
Appendix 1 (PDF 58KB)

Public submissions
Answers to questions on notice

Appendix 2 - Public hearings and witnesses (PDF 58KB)
Appendix 3 - Hansard Transcript of evidence from the committee's hearing on 24 March 2017 (PDF 361KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560

About this inquiry

On 23 March 2017, the Senate referred an inquiry into the Human Rights Amendment Bill 2017 to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee for inquiry and report by 28 March 2017.

The closing date for submissions is 12 noon on Monday 27 March 2017.

The committee requests that any submissions made to this inquiry address new issues regarding this bill specifically, rather than duplicate the content of submissions received by the Joint Committee on Human Rights, which published its report Freedom of Speech in Australia on 28 February 2017.

Past Public Hearings

24 Mar 2017: Canberra