About Human Rights
21st August 2012

Arts Law supports a federal Charter of Human Rights for Australia enshrining a right to freedom of expression, both artistic and cultural, and giving positive legal recognition to the cultural heritage rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people. Arts Law advocates for artists’ rights in alignment with Australia’s international human rights obligations including commitment to economic, social and cultural rights and, in particular, Indigenous cultural and intellectual property rights. Arts Law’s advocacy work in the area of human rights gives particular emphasis to freedom of artistic expression generally and to the rights of artists who are of a minority or disadvantaged background. The Centre actively campaigns against laws and policies which are discriminatory, including those which are inconsistent with the Racial Discrimination Act.

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Arts Law comment on the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act
23rd November 2012

The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011(Cth) (the Act) commenced on 4 January 2012.  The Act requires all new bills and disallowable legislative instruments to be accompanied by a‘Statement of Compatibility with human rights’.  Statements must assess compatibility against the seven main United Nations human rights treaties to which Australia is a party; however failure to do so will not render the law invalid.

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Arts Law speaks out against discriminatory law in WA
21st March 2012

Executive director Robyn Ayres is quoted today in the Australian newspaper's article calling for the Western Australian government to repeal laws discriminating against Aboriginal people who die without making a will.

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Arts Law submission on Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012
18th January 2013

Arts Law made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012. The Arts Law submission was focused on the interests of artists, such as stand-up comedians, whose work may be challenging and cause offence to some members of the community.

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Consolidation of Federal Anti-Discrimination Laws
23rd November 2012

On 20 November 2012, the Federal Government released an Exposure Draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 which consolidates the five existing Commonwealth anti-discrimination statutes.

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Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 (Cth)
13th March 2012

The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 (Cth) commenced on 4 January 2012.  The Act requires all new bills and disallowable legislative instruments to be accompanied by a ‘Statement of compatibility with human rights’.

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Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act commences
13th March 2012

The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 (Cth) commenced on 4 January 2012.  The Act requires all new bills and disallowable legislative instruments to be accompanied by a ‘Statement of compatibility with human rights’.

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National Human Rights Action Plan
2nd September 2011

The Federal Government is developing a National Human Rights Action Plan to outline future action for the promotion and protection of human rights. Part of this Action Plan was the Baseline Study survey on the experience and protection of human rights in Australia. Arts Law contributed a submission identifying issues relevant to the arts.

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National Human Rights Action Plan released
11th December 2012

On 10 December 2012, International Human Rights Day, the National Human Rights Action Plan was released by the Federal Government.

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Proposed Private members bill to amend the Interpretation Act 1987 (NSW)
1st November 2011

The Arts Law Centre of Australia is proud to make a submission on the proposed changes to the Interpretation Act 1987 (NSW).

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Sedition
6th June 2006

Arts Law has been active in campaigning and made a submission in relation to the Government’s sedition laws, considered likely to have a chilling effect on artists across all art forms.

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Senate Committee release report on Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill
25th February 2013

Last Thursday 22 February 2013, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee released its report to the Federal Government on the exposure draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012.

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Social Justice Report 2012 tabled in Federal Parliament
4th December 2012

On 29 November 2012, the Social Justice Report was tabled in Federal Parliament.

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Submission on National Human Rights Action Plan
2nd March 2011

Arts Law made a submission to Attorney-General's Department in regards to its Background Paper "A New National Human Rights Action Plan for Australia".

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Submission on the proposed Tasmanian Human Rights Charter
14th January 2011

Arts Law submission to the Tasmanian Government regarding the proposed model for a Human Rights Charter.

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WA Government to repeal 40 year old discriminatory legislation
25th July 2012

As reported in Perth Now issued on the July 5th 2012, “THE WA government plans to repeal 40-year-old legislation that deals with the estates of Aboriginal people in a discriminatory way”.

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WA Governments administration of Aboriginal wills and estates
19th March 2012

Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre (KALACC) passes a resolution urging the repeal of the Government of Western Australia's administration of Aboriginal wills and estates.

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