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December 22, 2015

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Silly Season Blog Post: Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling’ makes the CEDAW Shame List

By Adam Fletcher   This year I spent many hours in the car commuting, so I had a lot of time to listen to the radio. The problem is I have an unfortunate habit (so my partner tells me) of actually listening to the lyrics. To the ears of a human rights lawyer, there were […]

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December 14, 2015

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Turnbull can’t be Australia’s leader for reform until human rights are respected

By Paula Gerber Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs recently claimed that the impact of the change of prime minister – from Tony Abbott to Malcolm Turnbull – will be “profound”. Polls show Turnbull is vastly popular. And, according to political commentator Barrie Cassidy: Australian politics has entered a new and positive era. But how […]

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November 30, 2015

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State by state, ‘safe access zones’ around clinics are shielding women from abortion protesters

By Ronli Sifris It has been a significant few years for the legal promotion and protection of the right of Australian women to access the full range of reproductive health services. Legislation decriminalising abortion was passed in both Victoria and Tasmania. The federal government took a stance in support of the accessibility of RU486, the medical […]

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November 16, 2015

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On the ground at Australia’s Universal Periodic Review

While Australia accepted the vast majority of the recommendations from the 2011 UPR…only 10% have been fully implemented.

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November 10, 2015

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Australia gets a rigorous human rights review in Geneva

By Marius Smith and Sarah Joseph We were lucky enough to be on hand in Geneva overnight to witness Australia’s appearance at the UN Human Rights Council as part of the Universal Periodic Review. More than 100 nations reviewed Australia’s human rights record and made approximately 300 recommendations on how Australia can strengthen human rights protection. […]

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November 9, 2015

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Questions submitted in advance of Australia’s Universal Periodic Review

By Marius Smith As Australia prepares to submit itself to the Universal Periodic Review over the next few hours, you can get an idea of what topics might come up by looking at the countries that have submitted questions to Australia in advance. More than a dozen countries have done so, and we have broken them […]

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November 9, 2015

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The World Reviews Australia’s Human Rights Record

110 states have signed up to speak at Australia’s review, which is the fifth greatest number of states for this entire cycle.

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October 6, 2015

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Andrew Forrest’s Healthy Welfare Card – A BasicsCard with added Human Rights?

By Adam Fletcher Last year mining magnate Andrew Forrest was commissioned by the Australian Government to conduct a review of Indigenous jobs and training. One of Forrest’s recommendations was a ‘Healthy Welfare Card,’ an idea which might be more familiar to readers in the form of the previous Government’s ‘BasicsCard’ (perhaps a new name was […]

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October 5, 2015

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Second Time’s the Charm – 2015 Review of the Victorian Charter

By Adam Fletcher Late last month, Victorian Attorney-General Martin Pakula tabled the Report from the second review of the State’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (the Charter). Thankfully, unlike the previous scheduled review in 2011 (conducted by a parliamentary committee), this one does not recommend the Charter be gutted. On the contrary, it […]

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September 30, 2015

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Australia’s bid for the UN Human Rights Council

By Sarah Joseph Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has announced that Australia is running for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council for the period of 2018 to 2020. The bid was originally made by the previous government, and has now been officially endorsed by this one. What is the Human Rights Council? The UN Human […]

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