New Human Rights Action Plan

Phil Lynch
Human Rights
The government has announced it is developing a new National Human Rights Action Plan to 'outline future action for the promotion and protection of human rights' in Australia. The new Action Plan, a key aspect of Australia's Human Rights Framework, will involve a 'comprehensive assessment of human rights needs in Australia, which is then translated into specific goals and practical actions'.

As a first step, the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department released a background paper setting out the proposed process for the development of an Action Plan, with comments invited by 10 February 2011. Thereafter, it is proposed that the government will work with state and territory governments to develop an exposure draft of the Action Plan. At the same time the Australian government will develop a draft report, or Baseline Study, on Australia's human rights status. Both will be released for public comment in April 2011.

For further information, see http://www.ag.gov.au/www/agd/agd.nsf/Page/Humanrightsandanti-discrimination_NationalHumanRightsActionPlan

PHIL LYNCH is Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Resource Centre.
(2011) 36(1) AltLJ 61
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