* International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

* International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

* International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

* Convention on the on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

* Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

* Convention on the Rights of the Child

* Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

* examine Bills for Acts and legislative instruments for compatibility with human rights;

* examine Acts for compatibility with human rights; and

* inquire into any matter relating to human rights which is referred to it by the Attorney-General

 The Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee has released the report of the Review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. The report makes 35 recommendations. The most significant recommendation, number 35, provides two options for reform of the regime for protecting and upholding human rights in Victoria:

The Premier issued a statement thanking the Committee for its work and indicating that the Government will respond within six months.

Read the report. Read the Premier's statement. Read the Victorian Government submission to SARC.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011