ALHR welcomes the return of funding to Australian community legal centres but more is needed to protect access to justice

posted on May 1, 2017

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s announcement that it will reinstate funding previously cut from the Australian Community Legal Centre sector (the CLC sector) in the 2017–18 Budget. ALHR has written to the Commonwealth Attorney General thanking him for making this important decision. However, while his office’s press release suggests there … Read More >>

ALHR writes to new WA Premier and Attorney General offering support for Western Australian Human Rights Act

posted on March 31, 2017

ALHR has written to the new Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan and WA Attorney General John Quigley congratulating them on their very successful election result and offering our support for the introduction of a Western Australian Human Rights Act. Australia remains alone amongst western liberal democracies and common law legal systems as bereft of a constitutional … Read More >>

ALHR Congratulates The Hon Susan Kiefel AC and The Hon James Edelman on their appointments to the High Court and looks forward to a new era of leadership over our great institution.

posted on February 28, 2017

ALHR has written to the the Hon Susan Kiefel AC to express our congratulations on her appointment as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and to the Hon James Edelman congratulating him on his appointment to the Court. The appointment of the Hon Susan Kiefel AC as  Chief Justice is historic by virtue … Read More >>

Leading Human Rights Lawyers Urge PM to Safeguard Aussie Kids

posted on July 28, 2016

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has written to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urging him to ensure that the terms of reference for any Royal Commission into the abuse of child detainees include a broader inquiry into the youth justice systems in all Australian jurisdictions. ALHR Vice President Kerry Weste said, “Deep systemic failures exist … Read More >>

Refugee Processing Legacy Caseload Initiative

posted on June 28, 2016

Benedict Coyne, President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) attended the launch of the Victorian Legal Aid Legacy Caseload Initiative on Sunday 17 April 2016.  The initiative is in partnership with Justice Connect, Refugee Legal (Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre Inc) and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. Following the launch, ALHR wrote to the … Read More >>

ALHR has written to members of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly warning of serious concerns with proposed presumptions against bail

posted on June 8, 2016

ALHR has written to the Northern Territory’s Chief Minister, Attorney-General, members of the shadow ministry and the Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner outlining concerns proposed presumptions against bail to be introduced with the Northern Territory Bail Amendment Bill 2016. ALHR Vice President Kerry Weste said, “The proposed Bill will establish a regime that is not only costly and … Read More >>

ALHR commends the Victorian Government’s moral leadership in launching the Legacy Caseload Initiative and would like to see similar programs in all States and Territories

posted on May 10, 2016

On Sunday 17 April 2016, ALHR President Benedict Coyne attended the launch of the Victorian Legal Aid Legacy Caseload Initiative. This initiative will help up to 11,000 asylum seekers living in Victoria get the legal assistance they need to have their claims for protection assessed fairly. Launched by the Attorney-General Martin Pakula, the two-year initiative … Read More >>

Failure to fund the CNS may see the return of Indigenous deaths in custody

posted on August 4, 2015

Update We have received a response from Senator Scullion, attached below is the response. ——————————————————————————————– Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is warning that failure to fund the Custody Notification Service (CNS) successfully operated by Aboriginal Legal Service NSW & ACT for 15 years may ultimately result in a return to Indigenous deaths in police custody in … Read More >>

Turnback policy is pandering to the politics of fear

posted on July 26, 2015

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights strongly endorses the below press release from the Refugee Council of Australia: Refugee Council of Australia July 22nd 2015 Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Shadow Immigration Minister Richard Marles are pandering to the politics of fear by supporting the forced turnbacks of asylum seeker boats, the Refugee Council of Australia … Read More >>