Federal human rights parliamentary scrutiny legislation receives assent

Former Federal Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, announced that the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 had received royal assent and would commence on 4 January 2012.

Mr McClelland said the new Act will improve parliamentary scrutiny of legislation for consistency with Australia's human rights obligations through two measures:

1. Requiring that all new bills and disallowable legislative instruments be accompanied by an assessment of compatibility with human rights, and

2. Establishing a new Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights.

The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) (Consequential Provisions) Act 2011 will also enable the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission to become an ex officio member of the Administrative Review Council, he said, to ensure that a human rights perspective is integrated into the discussions of the Council.

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