[JURIST] Australian Human Rights Commissioner Sev Ozdowski [official profile], whose statutory appointment to the post ends Wednesday, has urged his successor to push for an Australian bill of rights to counter the tough anti-terror laws [JURIST report] that the Australian Senate passed Tuesday. An avid opponent of children in immigration detention, Ozdowski voiced concerns [statement] about the lack of a proper counterweight to the legislation, which has been a point of contention among the Australian executive and legislative branches and human rights groups for several months. ABC News has more.
Previously in JURIST's Paper Chase...
- Australian opposition leader compares sedition proposal to North Korea, Cuba
- Former Australian PM says government reversing human rights advances
- Australian senators call for changes to proposed anti-terror law
- Australia mulls stripping citizenship of convicted terrorists
- 'Shoot-to-kill' provisions of Australia anti-terror proposal questioned
- Australian lawyers group slams state anti-terrorism powers