Fed: Australians invited to share their views on human rights

The National Human Rights Consultation Committee said it will begin the important task of seeking the views and opinions of Australians on the future of human rights.

The Consultation process will see the Committee members visit major metropolitan, regional and remote areas during the next six months to encourage as many Australians as possible to participate.

An independent committee will conduct the Consultation. The task for the Committee will be to listen to the community's views on this important issue for Australia's future.

From 10 December 2008 until 29 May 2009 people will be able to make written submissions on the key questions for the Consultation.

From February to May 2009 the Committee will also host a series of community roundtables throughout regional and rural Australia as well as in the capital cities.

Following this, the Committee will report to the Australian Government on what they hear, to give the Government a better understanding of what the community thinks about human rights.

The Committee has been asked to provide its report by 31 July 2009.

5 February, 2009

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