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Australia is using ever more radical measures to prevent people from seeking its protection and demonstrating increasing contempt towards the United Nations human rights system, the Human Rights Law Centre told the UN Human Rights Council this week.

“Especially when it comes to refugee issues, Australia has shown increasing hostility and disregard for the scrutiny of UN experts who highlight where Australia’s treatment of refugees violates human rights,” said the HRLC’s Director of Advocacy and Research, Emily Howie, who delivered the statement in Geneva.

Australia is a candidate for membership of the Human Rights Council, the UN’s peak human rights body, for the term 2018-2020. If Australia is elected as a member of the Council it will be expected to uphold the highest standards of human rights and to fully cooperate with UN human rights bodies.

Legislation being rushed through Parliament contradicted the Federal Government’s claims that its actions detaining asylum seekers offshore are legal, the Human Rights Law Centre said today. The changes are being brought in response to a High Court case the HRLC commenced in May.

“A Government confident its actions are lawful doesn’t suddenly change the law when those actions are challenged,” said the HRLC’s Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb.

A West Australian Aboriginal family have asked the High Court for permission to appeal against a decision that they pay legal costs to the Western Australian Government, following an unsuccessful stolen generations test case.

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Walking the Walk: Next Steps Against Family Violence

Walking the Walk: Next Steps Against Family Violence

2 July 2015

Join Rosie Batty, Hugh de Kretser, Elizabeth Broderick and Kirstie Parker, to explore what a proper and nuanced response to the complex issue of family violence might entail.


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