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Government appoints a new Human Rights Commissioner.



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ATTORNEY-GENERAL THE HON PHILIP RUDDOCK MP

NEWS RELEASE

Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600  Telephone (02) 6277 7300  Fax (02) 6273 4102 www.law.gov.au/ag

15 December 2005 xxx/2005

GOVERNMENT APPOINTS A NEW HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSIONER

Attorney-General Philip Ruddock today announced the appointment of Mr Graeme Innes AM as the new Human Rights Commissioner and Acting Disability Discrimination Commissioner to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

“Mr Innes has extensive experience and credibility in the human rights field and in working effectively with government, business and community stakeholders,” Mr Ruddock said.

“He has a demonstrated capacity to use education and awareness-raising as mechanisms to address human rights issues. He also has broad experience in negotiating achievable outcomes with various interest groups.”

Mr Innes was previously the Deputy Disability Discrimination Commissioner. He has been the Chair of Vision Australia and President of the World Blind Union (Asia-Pacific Region). He also held positions in the private sector including with Westpac and Qantas.

“Mr Innes’ appointment will be an asset to the Commission and to Australia’s firm and ongoing commitment to protecting and promoting human rights,” Mr Ruddock said.

The five-year appointment commences today following the expiry of Dr Sev Ozdowski’s term as Human Rights Commissioner on 7 December 2005.

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