Parliamentary Scrutiny and the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights

The legal obligation to respect, protect and fulfil human rights applies to all arms of government – legislative, executive and judicial – and directly engages the parliament. Notwithstanding Australia’s international legal obligations, however, the Commonwealth has not established formal domestic mechanisms to ensure comprehensive parliamentary scrutiny of human rights.

On 5 March 2010, therefore, the Centre made a Submission to the Inquiry into the future direction and role of the Senate Scrutiny of Bills Committee, entitled 'Parliamentary Committees and the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights'.

Download the HRLC submission here.