Don't forget to have your say in the National Human Rights Consultation!

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29 April 2009

National Human Rights Consultation reminders

The deadline for making submissions to the National Human Rights Consultation is fast approaching! Submissions are due by 15 June 2009 – about six weeks away!

During May and early June the consultation committee will hold community roundtables in Tasmania, the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. We encourage you to spread the word!

See www.humanrightsconsultation.gov.au for full details.

Commission resources and upcoming workshops:

1. Let’s talk about rights: Consultation toolkits

The Australian Human Rights Commission has produced a toolkit to help people participate in the National Human Rights Consultation, available at http://www.humanrights.gov.au/letstalkaboutrights/info.html .

The Commission has also produced a toolkit for young people, available at http://www.humanrights.gov.au/letstalkaboutrights/youth.html .

To request hard copies, email letstalkaboutrights@humanrights.com.au .

2. Submission forms

The Commission has developed simple forms for people who want to make short written submissions to the National Consultation. Click http://www.humanrights.gov.au/letstalkaboutrights/info.html for a form for adults, or click http://www.humanrights.gov.au/letstalkaboutrights/youth.html for a form for young people.

To request hard copies, email letstalkaboutrights@humanrights.com.au.

3. Commission workshops

The Commission is conducting workshops to encourage participation in the National Human Rights Consultation. Full details are available at http://www.humanrights.gov.au/letstalkaboutrights/workshops.html . Upcoming workshops include the following. Western Australia

30 April 2009, Perth
Perth community sector workshop: Protecting human rights in Australia
Venue: Ethnic Communities Council of WA
Time: 5:15pm – 7:30pm
RSVP: eccwa.eo@iinet.net.au or (08) 92275322

30 April 2009, Perth
Perth youth advocates workshop on the National Human Rights Consultation
Venue: Kings Street Arts Centre
Time: 10.15am – 12.30pm
RSVP: yacwa@yacwa.org.au

30 April 2009, Perth
Perth legal workshop on the National Human Rights Consultation
Venue: Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia
Time: 2pm – 4pm
RSVP: legal@humanrights.gov.au

1 May 2009, Perth
Perth community sector workshop on the National Human Rights Consultation
Venue: Equal Opportunity Commission of Western Australia
Time: 10.15am – 12.30pm
RSVP: eoc@eoc.wa.gov.au

NSW

13 May 2009, Bathurst (new)
Community sector workshop on the National Human Rights Consultation
Venue: Council Chambers, Bathurst Regional Council, 158 Russell Street
Time: 1pm – 3pm
RSVP: by 11 May to letstalkaboutrights@humanrights.gov.au or Jemma Hollonds on (02) 9284 9857

Victoria

14 May 2009, Melbourne (new)
A National Human Rights Charter: Protecting the rights of young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds
Venue: Conference Room CO AS IT, 189 Faraday Street, Carlton
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
RSVP: by 11 May to Nyari Chiweza on (03) 9340 3700 or info@cmy.net.au

* Further Victorian workshops are TBA

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Other conferences about the Human Rights Consultation:

Thursday 7 May 2009: Human Rights, Join the Conversation

How are human rights relevant to me? How are human rights relevant to business?

This event will give you an opportunity to think about how you would answer these questions. Join others from the community and business sectors and find out how you can participate in the current discussion about human rights in Australia.

Featuring:
Catherine Branson, President, Australian Human Rights Commission Followed by small-group discussions with colleagues.

Time: 6.15pm for 6.30pm start, until 8.00pm
Location: Telstra, Level 32, 320 Pitt Street Sydney
Nibbles and drinks will be provided at this free event. Bring your friends and colleagues.

RSVP: by email to Nicole Hercus at Social Leadership Australia, nicoleh@bensoc.org.au
Cost: Free

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Saturday 9 May 2009: A Charter of Rights for Australia

NSW Young Lawyers full day conference

Find out the state of human rights protection in Australia and internationally, consider how a Charter of Rights will work in practice and learn the implications this will have for the law, legal practitioners and the protection of human rights.

Speakers include:

* The Hon Catherine Branson QC, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission
* Professor George Williams
and other distinguished speakers

Where: Dixon Room, State Library of NSW, Macquarie St, Sydney

When: 9:15 am to 5 pm, Saturday 9 May 2009

More information: http://cle.younglawyers.com.au or by calling (02) 9926 0270