Public consultation paper on the International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

posted on May 17, 2020

ALHR has made a submission in response to the public consultation paper (Consultation Paper) on the International Strategy on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery (2020 Strategy).  ALHR welcomes the 2020 Strategy as an ongoing commitment of the Australian Government in supporting international efforts to help eradicate human trafficking and modern slavery. The 2020 Strategy will … Read More >>

Religious Discrimination Bill fundamentally flawed – Australia needs a Human Rights Act for everyone

posted on February 12, 2020

The second exposure draft of the Morrison Government’s Religious Discrimination Bill is flawed, unworkable and at odds with Australia’s obligations under international human rights law. The Bill should be withdrawn in its entirety.  Rather than increasing protection against discrimination in Australia, it would create an anti-human rights situation whereby all Australians can potentially be harmed … Read More >>

Human Rights (Workers Rights) Amendment Bill 2019 (ACT)

posted on February 10, 2020

ALHR has made a submission and provided oral evidence to the ACT Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety’s public inquiry into the Human Rights (Workers Rights) Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill) We commend the provision of explanatory material accompanying the exposure draft Bill that has been released for public consultation.  The Bill seeks to include … Read More >>

Submission to the Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues inquiry into the Modern Slavery Act 2018 and associated matters

posted on November 25, 2019

ALHR has made a submission to the NSW Legislative Council’s Standing Committee on Social Issues inquiry into the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (NSW Act). ALHR supports the modern slavery reporting scheme introduced by the NSW Act. It is commendable that NSW seeks to be a leading jurisdiction in combatting modern slavery, both in Australia … Read More >>

Submission on the draft Modern Slavery Regulation 2019 (NSW) and Section 24 of the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW)

posted on November 25, 2019

ALHR has made a submission on the draft Modern Slavery Regulation 2019 (NSW) (Draft Regulation) and the supply chain reporting requirements in the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (NSW) (Act). In our submission we make the following recommendations: Recommendations ALHR recommends that the Draft Regulation contains a clause which provides for a public repository which includes … Read More >>

Religious Discrimination Bills are not consistent with international human rights law

posted on November 25, 2019

ALHR has provided a submission in relation to the Exposure Drafts of the Religious Discrimination Bill 2019 (RDB), Religious Discrimination (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 (RDCAB) and the Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Freedom of Religion) Bill 2019 (HRLAB). ALHR supports a Religious Discrimination Act which provides protections against religious discrimination in areas of public life including … Read More >>

Human Rights for NSW Submission to AHRC’s Free and Equal: National Conversation

posted on November 19, 2019

Together with 33 member organisations ALHR has endorsed the Human Rights for NSW Alliance’s submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s national conversation on human rights in Australia – Free and Equal. The purpose of the National Conversation is to: Promote awareness of the importance of human rights to 21st century Australia Identify current limitations and … Read More >>

Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019

posted on September 27, 2019

ALHR made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019 reiterating the concerns we raised in our submission to Committee’s 2018 inquiry in relation to the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018. The effect of the Bill is to further expand the powers of … Read More >>

Inquiry into the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2019

posted on September 27, 2019

ALHR made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding concerns with the provisions of the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2019. Our submission reiterates the concerns raised in ALHR’s 2016 submission to the Committee’s inquiry in relation to the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016. ALHR strongly opposes the fresh attempt … Read More >>

ALHR strongly opposes any measures to either repeal or reduce the scope of the Medevac legislation

posted on September 27, 2019

In a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 (August 2019), ALHR again expressed its strong opposition to any measures to either repeal or reduce the scope of the Medevac legislation, including via the Bill. The Medevac legislation seeks to ensure that people who are currently … Read More >>