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Wednesday, 28 February 2001
Page: 24741


Mr McClelland asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 3 October 2000:

Further to the answer to question No. 1580 (Hansard, 31 August 2000, page 19956), will he update that answer in respect of the meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General held in Brisbane on 27 to 28 July 2000.


Mr Williams (Attorney-General) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)(a) The Commonwealth's written report, placed before the 27-28 July 2000 meeting of the Standing Committee of Attorneys-General, included the following human rights issues:

· the Draft Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;

· the Optional Protocol to the Torture Convention;

· the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women;

· Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child;

· the ILO Convention on the Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour;

· complaints under International Communications procedures; and

· reporting under International Communications procedures.

Other matters included:

· the Review of the United Nations Treaty System;

· Disability Discrimination Legislation and Disability Standards;

· the reform of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission;

· cooperative arrangements with the States;

· the SCAG Working Group on Human Rights;

· the Non-Government Organisations Forum on Domestic Human Rights;

· the Decade of Human Rights Education;

· the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties Report on the Convention on the Rights of the Child;

· Age Discrimination;

· the National Action Plan on Human Rights;

· legal reform in HIV/AIDS (Fourth National Strategy);

· the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) report, “Pregnant & Productive: It's a right not a privilege to work while pregnant”; and

· the HREOC inquiry on the access of disabled and older Australians to electronic commerce and on-line services.

(b) The Commonwealth's items were placed on the agenda in the context of its Human Rights Paper. This paper serves to inform States and Territories about the activities of the Commonwealth in the human rights area. Matters raised in the paper were noted by State and Territory Attorneys-General.

(2) The regular meeting of SCAG was held in Launceston on 16-17 November 2000.