The Chair of the National Human Rights Consultation Committee, Father Frank Brennan, will be in Lismore on May 20 to chair a public forum on human rights.

The National Human Rights Consultation Committee is currently holding consultations around Australia to gather views from the community on the future of human rights such as:

  • Which human rights should be protected and promoted
  • Whether these rights are adequately protected at the moment
  • How Australia could better protect human rights.

A broad range of issues have emerged in their consultations so far, including homelessness, immigration laws, environmental rights, minority rights and the rights of children.

Member for Page Janelle Saffin said the protection of human rights is fundamental to the dignity and equality of all people.

Ms Saffin is inviting members of the community to take part in the forum which she is hosting.

“I’m sure our vibrant and engaged community will come up with plenty of topics for discussion, and the ideas raised at the forum will become part of the committee’s report to the Australian Government,” Ms Saffin said.

“I’m delighted that the chair of the committee, Father Frank Brennan, has made time to add this Lismore forum to his busy program.”

The National Human Rights Consultation Committee will report to the Australian Government by 31 July 2009 on the issues raised and the options identified for the Government to consider.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, 20 May, at the Lismore Workers Club from 6-8pm.

Anyone interested in attending can register with Janelle Saffin’s office on 6621 9909 or by emailing Lee.duncan@aph.gov.au by May 18.