As part of the National Human Rights Consultation, the Committee will be holding three days of Public Hearings from the 1st to the 3rd of July 2009 in the Great Hall of Parliament House in Canberra.
The Public Hearings provide a forum for key commentators on human rights issues to present information to the Committee. This will include addresses from public figures and notable speakers, both at home and overseas.
The Hearings will also provide an opportunity for the Committee to invite groups and individuals who have made substantive submissions as part of the Consultation, to expand upon or clarify elements of their submission.
Amnesty International Australia are organising to send some activists from the NSW region to attend the hearings in Canberra. This is a great opportunity to influence the discussion and take part in the shaping of human rights protection in Australia.
Here is some information on the agenda for the three days of the public hearings:
Wednesday - Day 1 (1 July): How are human rights presently protected in Australia?
Thursday - Day 2 (2 July): What difference would a Charter make?
Friday - Day 3 (3 July): How else could we better protect human rights and promote responsibilities in Australia? Claire Mallinson - Amnesty International Australia National Director will be speaking on this day.
Some of the Amnesty Human Rights Act Team will be attending on all 3 days.
If you're interested in attending, let Ruby know ASAP!
For more information you can visit the website (http://www.humanrightsconsultation.gov.au/www/nhrcc/nhrcc.nsf) or contact Ruby.