4 November 2001
ALP PROMISES HUMAN RIGHTS AMBASSADOR
The ALP has promised to appoint an Ambassador for Human Rights
with the responsibility for advancing Australia's human rights
objectives at the United Nations and in regional and bilateral
Welcoming this initiative, the spokesperson for the New South
Wales Human Rights Education Committee (NSWHREC) Ms Bev Pavey
noted that the role of the ambassador would be to build alliances
with like-minded countries committed to the advancement of
"With the intention of bringing human rights back into
the mainstream of the debate, our committee sent five questions
to the Coalition, the ALP, the Democrats, the Greens, One
Nation, and key independents. These questions related to a
Bill of Rights, Indigenous Australians, asylum seekers, discrimination
and the impact of the global economy upon the social good,"
Ms Pavey said.
"Substantive responses were received to our questionnaire.
The speediest and most concise response was from the Greens
and the slowest but most comprehensive response was from the
"Responses to the questions can be viewed on our website
In summarising the survey results, Ms Pavey noted that while
respondents differed on a range of issues, including the need
for a Bill of Rights; the signing of a treaty for Indigenous
Australians; whether to reform or expand the Human Rights
and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC); and the treatment
of asylum seekers; there was widespread support for the furtherance
of human rights education.
For more information please contact Bev Pavey on (02) 9416-8731