Submission: Preserve and enhance oversight of counter-terror laws

In a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, the Human Rights Law Centre has supported the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (Improved Oversight and Resourcing) Bill 2014 that seeks to ensure strong and robust oversight of Australia’s counter terrorism and national security laws.

“Counter terrorism and national security laws provide extraordinary powers to police and other security and intelligence agencies. It is critical that these laws do not allow unnecessary or disproportionate intrusions upon peoples’ fundamental human rights,” said Emily Howie, director of advocacy and research at the Human Rights Law Centre.

Download the submission here [PDF]

Read the media release accompanying the submission here

Submission: the Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014 (Cth)

The Human Rights Law Centre and NACLC have made a joint submission with support from the Inner City Legal Centre (a specialist LGBTIQ legal service in NSW) to the inquiry into the Recognition of Foreign Marriages Bill 2014 (Cth).

The submission reiterates that the Marriage Act (Cth) in its current form unacceptably discriminates against LGBTI people. 

While the Bill does not remedy the discrimination central to the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act, it is nevertheless an important step forward towards marriage equality in Australia.

The submission strongly supports the Bill with some amendments, set out in the submission.

Download the submission here [PDF]

Read the media release accompanying the submission here

Submission: Northern Territory Government's Correctional Services Bill 2014

The Northern Territory Government proposes to introduce the Correctional Services Bill 2014 which will govern the operation of custodial facilities and the management of prisoners throughout the NT.

In a submission to the Office of the Commissioner of Correctional Services, the Human Rights Law Centre has said the new laws will not address the endemic over-imprisonment of Aboriginal people and fail to respect basic rights. Along with the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency, the HRLC has called on the NT Government to amend the Bill to better protect the rights of prisoners. 

Download the submission here [PDF]

Read the joint media release from HRLC and NAAJA on this topic