Australia’s ‘A’ rating on human rights is under threat with a handpicked, politically engineered commissioner

Lorraine Finlay’s appointment as the new human rights commissioner was not conducted transparently, writes Justine Nolan, from UNSW in this article republished from The Conversation. The Morrison government’s handpicked appointment of a new human rights commissioner, Lorraine Finlay, threatens to undermine the independence and legitimacy of the Australian Human Rights Commission itself. It could also … Read more

Kristina Keneally plans to switch to house of reps at next election

Labor’s deputy Senate leader Kristina Keneally plans to run for a safe Western Sydney seat in the House of Representatives at the next federal election, making the switch from the Senate. It has been reported Keneally is expected to seek preselection in the seat of Fowler, replacing veteran Labor MP Chris Hayes, who is retiring … Read more

What Scott Morrison should tell the men of Australia

Scott Morrison may have had some difficulty communicating with Australian women recently. But there is one very specific set of voters with whom the PM maintains a strong connection. He clearly has the ear of a large number of Australian men. While polling shows approval for the PM dropping sharply among women recently, his approval … Read more

Grace Tame labels human rights commissioner appointment a ‘grave mistake’

Australian of the Year Grace Tame has labelled the appointment of the new human rights commissioner, Lorraine Finlay, as a “grave, grave mistake”, due to her public opposition to affirmative consent laws. Tame said the appointment of the Western Australian lawyer and academic to the position of human rights commissioner, has undermined the federal government’s … Read more