From 19 May to 26 June 2009, the Australian Government is running an online community consultation on human rights and responsibilities on the website Open Forum.
The Australian Government has appointed the National Human Rights Consultation Committee to gather public opinion and report on possible future options for human rights in Australia and the committee has decided to extend their reach by opening an online consultation to the public.
The National Human Rights Online Consultation, launched by the Committee this week through an independent public policy site Open Forum, is your chance to participate in an Australia-wide community debate on human rights and responsibilities.
According to the Hon Lindsay Tanner MP, Minister for Finance and Deregulation, “This is the third in a series of government online consultation trials conducted in partnership with the Australian Government Information Management Office.”
“As well as helping us better understand Australians’ views on human rights, the trial will be a useful reference as the Government develops policies for encouraging online engagement across the public sector,” says Minister Tanner.
Introducing the online consultation through his blog on Open Forum, Chair of the National Human Rights Consultation Committee, Fr Frank Brennan urged all people in Australia to consider sharing their views on three key consultation questions and whether Australia should have a statutory bill or charter of rights.
“The strength of our human rights culture is largely determined by how we bridge the gap between theory and practice,” Father Brennan said.
The National Human Rights Online Consultation is open for public commentary until 5:00pm, Friday, 26 June 2009. For more information visit the website http://www.openforum.com.au/NHROC