The Federal Charter consultation

… will be announced sometime around 7pm tonight:


Attorney-General Robert McClelland will today deliver the inaugural Evatt Annual Lecture to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Highly-respected Labor Statesman Dr H V (Doc) Evatt was President of the United Nations General Assembly when the Declaration was first adopted by 47 countries, including Australia.

DATE: Tuesday, 9 December 2008.

TIME: 6:30 pm

LOCATION: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney.

Not that I have the slighest insider knowledge… [EDIT: And, if any proof was needed of that, here it is:

26. And so, tomorrow, on the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, I will launch a national consultation on the protection and promotion of human rights and responsibilities in this country.

27. Our consultation will do far more than honour an election commitment.  It will provide all Australians a chance to have their say. To have their say about the kind of rights and responsibilities that ought to be protected and how we can better protect and promote those rights and responsibilities now and into the future.

28. The consultation will take the form of a broad based nationwide consultation conducted by a committee of four eminent Australians. I will announce their names tomorrow.

29. The consultation isn’t just about whether we should or shouldn’t have charter of rights. In fact, judging by some of the contributions to the debate so far, I expect there will be robust discussion on a broad range of possibilities. Some will be in favour of change. Some will be in favour of the status quo. Some will suggest other enhancements.

30. Whatever views are out there, I think it’s paramount that the consultation hears from as many Australians as possible, with attitudes and views right across the country and right across the spectrum.

OK, there was an announcement of the announcement at 7pm tonight. The main reveal is that the Federal Human Rights Consultation Committee will consist of ‘four eminent Australians’. Well, that certainly follows the script.

But who will the four be?: Ca-thy, Ca-thy, Ca-thy….]

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