Submission to the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs

The Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (National Children’s Commissioner) Bill 2012

On 24 May 2012, Mr Tim Watling, Inquiry Secretary on the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs Inquiry on the Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (National Children’s Commissioner) Bill 2012 (“the Bill”) invited written submissions from interested organisations.

The National Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society (“the Society”) has previously made a submission on the Children and Young People Bill 2010. In December of last year we endorsed “14 key principles” in the “A National Commissioner for Australia”  NGO Sector Position Paper, arising out of the NGO Roundtable hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission (“AHRC”) and the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition.