PJCHR red flags: Bills scheduled for debate (17-20 August)

Red FlagOf the bills that are up for debate this week, those listed below are some of the ones that the PJCHR has flagged as raising human rights concerns. The brief highlights provided here are not a substitute for the PJCHR’s analysis of the issues – so go read the reports.

[Report 26/44th should be out tomorrow, so check back here for updates. Will try to post an update on Report 25/44th, which was tabled on schedule in the House of Representatives last Tuesday afternoon, either later today or tomorrow (or as soon as my laptop defrosts) – but in case you missed it, the PJCHR’s report on the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 is a cracker and well worth a read (see pp 4-46).]

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PJCHR red flags: Bills scheduled for debate (10-13 August)

Red FlagApologies for being tardy – I’m overseas with patchy internet access, plus there are distractions such as these:IMG_0074.

Here’s a quick rundown of the bills that are up for debate in the first week of the Spring sittings, which the PJCHR has flagged as raising human rights concerns. The brief highlights provided here are not a substitute for the PJCHR’s analysis of the issues – so go read the reports.

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Eligibility to serve on the PJCHR

Twitter_Philip RuddockMost of you will be aware that Mr Ruddock was recently appointed as the PM’s Special Envoy for Citizenship and Community Engagement. Along with Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Mr Ruddock has been tasked with leading a national consultation aimed at ‘reviewing the eligibility requirements for citizenship’, including the options for stripping or suspending the privileges of citizenship from sole nationals. Some PJCHR-ers have wondered whether Mr Ruddock’s new role presents any conflicts vis-à-vis his position on the PJCHR.

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Report 24/44th highlights deepening divisions in the PJCHR

digital-divideReport 24/44th – the PJCHR’s third and final report before the winter recess – was tabled in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, 24 June 2015, and it was depressingly awash with ‘split decisions’ again (see further below).

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PJCHR red flags: Bills scheduled for debate (22-25 June)

Red FlagIt’s the home stretch before Parliament breaks for the winter recess. Of the bills that are up for debate this week, those listed below are some of the ones that the PJCHR has flagged as raising human rights concerns. The brief highlights provided here are not a substitute for the PJCHR’s analysis of the issues – so go read the reports. (Report 24/44th will most likely may be tabled in the House of Representatives tomorrow – so check back here for possible updates to the red flag entries.)

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Quick update: Report 23/44th

00085aupHello PJCHR-ers, Report 23/44th was tabled on Thursday afternoon, shortly before the HoR adjourned for the week. As you know, the report was two days overdue. Of the 45 bills that were introduced since the PJCHR last reported, only one bill was subject to detailed comments. Two bills were deferred, 38 bills were considered not to give rise to any concerns (see further below), and four appropriation bills (see pp 3 & 13) were put into the ‘too hard’ basket [bah]. As for legislative instruments – zip, nada, zilch. The PJCHR said that it examined instruments received from 10 April to 14 May 2015 for this report – bar one deferral, all the rest apparently passed muster. If for some inconvenient reason you want more info – you know, like which instruments and how many instruments – apparently the Journals of the Senate is where it’s at: or so the story goes.

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Another week, another delay

Sorry, folks, looks like we’re playing the waiting game (again) – Report 23/44th was a no-show yesterday, and it isn’t listed on today’s HoR’s program either. Gone are the days when you could set your clock (or at least your calendar) by the tabling of PJCHR reports. Apparently we’re in a brave new world now, where keeping to a schedule is for wimps.

PJCHR red flags: Bills scheduled for debate (15-18 June)

Red FlagParliament is back today for the final sitting fortnight before the winter break. Of the bills that are up for debate this week (and it is a massive schedule), those listed below are some of the ones that the PJCHR has flagged as raising human rights concerns. The brief highlights provided here are not a substitute for the PJCHR’s analysis of the issues – so go read the reports. Report 23/44th will most likely be tabled in the House of Representatives tomorrow afternoon – so check back here for possible updates to the red flag entries.

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Rundown on Report 22/44th

Report 22_coverThe PJCHR’s next report is due on Tuesday, so better get my skates on and fill you in on its last report, which, as most of you will know, was tabled on 13 May 2015. Sorry for dragging my feet on this one. At over 250 pages, it was a whopper to get through.

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