25 September 2023

Human Rights looks to the future

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The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has launched a national consultation program to develop possible human rights reforms for the next 10 years.

The Commission has released an issues paper, Free and Equal: An Australian Conversation on Human Rights and has called for public submissions.

President of the AHRC, Rosalind Croucher (pictured) said the paper asked what kind of Australia people wanted — for themselves their children and their children’s children.

“We should be ambitious in seeking to address inequality where it exists,” Professor Croucher said.

“We need to reimagine our system of human rights protections so that we can provide everyone with the opportunity to be the best that they can be.”

She said submissions should be made by 12 July with consultations to be held nationwide and a National Human Rights Summit conducted in early October.

“I want human rights and freedoms to be embedded in our national psyche and for their promotion to be seen as a shared endeavour,” Professor Croucher said.

Meanwhile, the AHRC has launched a new website with an updated design.

Professor Croucher said the website was modern, visually engaging and user-friendly.

“The design is also reasonably minimalist in order to make it mobile-friendly,” she said.

“This is important because all websites are increasingly being accessed via mobile devices rather than personal computers.”

The AHRC’s 21-page issues paper can be accessed at this PS News link.

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