ALHR Fronts Senate Inquiry

posted on April 17, 2015

On 16 April 2015, ALHR appeared before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to express its objection to the Migration Amendment (Maintaining the Good Order of Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2015. The Chair of the ALHR Refugee Subcommittee, Ms Claire Hammerton, together with The Hon. Stephen Charles QC and representatives from the Law Reform … Read More >>

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights rebut attack by Tony Abbott on individual rights and call for Human Rights Act

posted on April 13, 2015

“The Prime Minister’s recent denigration of human rights and human rights lawyers is very concerning for a number of reasons” says ALHR President Nathan Kennedy, “and confirms to me the urgent necessity for an Australian Human Rights Act.” “The ultimate purpose of democratic law is the protection of the rights of the individual. The reason … Read More >>

Human Rights Failure in an Australian School

posted on April 9, 2015

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (“ALHR”) are horrified by the report of a 10-year-old-boy with autism being restrained in a 2 metre by 2 metre, cage-like structure in a school room at a Canberra school. The restraint of the child breaches article 15 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities … Read More >>

Child with a disability denied human rights by Migration Review Tribunal

posted on April 7, 2015

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) are appalled by the decision of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection to refuse mother Maria Sevilla a skilled working visa for her and her son Tyrone to stay in Australia.  Ms Sevilla appealed that decision to the Migration Review Tribunal which has rejected the application, resulting in … Read More >>

‘Traditional’ rights and freedoms – Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws’ – ALRC Issues Paper

posted on April 3, 2015

In February 2015, ALHR submitted to the ALRC that: International human rights standards are the criteria by which the Commission should determine whether and what ‘traditional rights, freedoms and privileges’ may require protection from statutory incursion; in addition to the principles of transparency and accountability, the following documents set out appropriate principles to guide the ALRC: … Read More >>

The Ethical Impact of the Data Retention Laws

posted on March 31, 2015 DSC_0607

Today ALHR launched an education offensive to highlight the impact of the new Data Retention Laws on lawyers’ ethical obligations. A seminar was held at the NSW Parliament House.  David Shoebridge MLC introduced the seminar, which was facilitated by Vicky Kuek, NSW co-convenor, in conversation with: Dr Tamsin Clarke, ALHR National Committee member Jon Lawrence, Electronic … Read More >>

A Celebration of ALHR at the Annual Dinner

posted on March 30, 2015 julian burnside

Friday night saw Julian Burnside AO QC speak at our annual fundraising dinner.  Mr Burnside presented an insightful, engaging speech and we very much appreciate him attending our event. The night was also a time to reflect on our achievements of the last year.  ALHR’s President’s speech which sets out some of those achievements can be … Read More >>

Current challenges facing the Australian Human Rights Commission

posted on March 29, 2015

The Honourable Catherine Branson QC Together with Oliver Greeves, Esther Pearson and Holly Ritson Followed by a teleconference link to a Special General Meeting and Annual General Meeting of the Australian Lawyers For Human Rights What: ALHR SA Branch Meeting, followed by Special General Meeting and AGM When: 15 April 2015 at 5:15pm for 5:30pm … Read More >>