Submissions

We make submissions for domestic and international bodies on human rights issues. We regularly submit papers to state and federal parliamentary committees highlighting the adverse effects of laws on human rights, and suggest ways governments can change these laws to conform with human rights.  Through these submissions, the Centre directly influences policy and legislative development, ensuring that human rights issues are considered in domestic and international decision-making.

Access to Justice

  • Penovic, T. Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Commitee Inquiry into the Civil Dispute Resolution Bill 2010, November 2010, with L.O'Dwyer and K.Northwood
    Transcript of evidence
    Full Submission

Anti-Terrorism Legislation

  • Emerton, P., Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on the Inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015, September 2015
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P., Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on the Inquiry into the Counter - Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014, October 2014
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P., Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Inquiry into the Provisions of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor Repeal Bill 2014, May 2014
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P., Appearance before the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor to give evidence on the terrorism financing provisions of the Criminal Code (Cth), April 2013
  • Emerton, P., Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, Inquiry into potential reforms of National Security Legislation, August 2012 (evidence given in September 2012)
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P., Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Inquiry into the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Amendment Bill 2011, June 2011
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P. Supplmentary Submission to the Senate Legal Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Inquiry into the Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, June 2011
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P. Submission to the Senate Legal Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Inquiry into the Intelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2011, May 2011
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P. Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration regarding the Inquiry into the National Security Legislation Monitor Bill 2009, February 2009
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P and Herreen, S. Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Inquiry into the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Laws Bill 2008 [No. 2], September 2008.
    Transcript of evidence
    Full Submission
    Inquiry web address
  • Joseph, S and Hadzanovic, E. Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Review of the Listing Provisions of the Criminal Code Act 1995, January 2007.
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P. Supplementary Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee Inquiry into the Provisions of the National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) Bill 2004 (Cth) and the National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2004 (Cth).
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P. Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Provisions of the Surveillance Devices Bill 2004.
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P. Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee Inquiry into the provisions of the National Security Information (Criminal Proceedings) (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2004.
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S., and Smith, M. Submission to Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD regarding Review of Division 3 Part III of the ASIO Act 1979 - Questioning and Detention Powers.
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P. Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee regarding the inquiry into the provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Bill (No.2) 2004.
    Transcript of hearing
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P. Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee regarding the Anti-terrorism Bill 2004.
    Transcript of hearing
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S. and Kinley, D. Submission to Parliamentary Joint Committee on ASIO, ASIS and DSD regarding the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002 April 2002
    Transcript of hearing
    Full Submission
  • McCasland-Pexton, A., Joseph, S. and Kinley, D., Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee, regarding the Security Legislation Amendment (Terrorism) Bill 2002 [No. 2] April 2002
    Transcript of hearing
    Full Submission

Asia Pacific Region

  • Joseph, S, McBeth, A. and Contini, E. Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade regarding the 'Inquiry into Human Rights Mechanisms and the Asia-Pacific Region', November 2008.
    Full Submission
  • Kinley, D and Davis, T. Response to Additional Questions of 29 May 2003 from the Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Human Rights Sub-Committee, 'Inquiry into Human Rights and Good Governance Education in the Asia-Pacific Region', June 2003.
    Full Submission
  • Kinley, D., Davis, T. and McBeth, A, Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Human Rights Sub-Committee, 'Inquiry into Human Rights and Good Governance Education in the Asia-Pacific Region', December 2002.
    Full Submission

Bill of Rights

  • Fletcher, A., and Joseph, S, Submission to Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee, Queensland Parliament, Human Rights Enquiry
    April 2016
    Full Submission
  • Debeljak, J., Submission to the 2015 review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, June 2015
    Full submission
  • Joseph, S., Smith, M. Submission to the 2015 review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities, June 2015
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S., Fletcher, A., Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission on Issues Paper 46, regarding Traditional Rights and Freedoms: Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws, February 2015
    Full Submission
  • Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Submission to the Department of Foreign Affairs on a draft Charter of the Commonwealth, Prepared by Adam Fletcher, February 2012
    Full Submission
  • Castan Centre for Human Rights Law,  Submission to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee of the Victorian Parliament regarding the Inquiry into the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006, Prepared by Professor Joseph, Marius Smith and Erica Contini, 1 July 2011
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S. and Dastyari, A., Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee regarding the 'Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test and Other Provisions) Bill 2011 [Provisions]', 31 May 2011
    Full Submission
  • Debeljak, J., Fletcher, A., and Joseph, S., 'Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - A Good Idea for Inclusion in the ACT Human Rights Act 2004?' , submitted to the ACT Government Department of Justice and Community Safety Consultation, 17 August 2011
    Full Submission
  • Debeljak, J., 'Inquiry into the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities', submitted to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee of the Victorian Parliament for the Four-Year Review of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic), 10 June 2011, 1-30
    Full Submission
  • Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Submission to the Tasmanian Community Consultation, 'A charter of human rights and responsibilities for Tasmania', Prepared by Erica Contini and Professor Joseph, 30 November 2010
    Full Submission
  • Debeljak, J., Submission on the Directions Paper of the Department of Justice of Tasmania, 'A charter of human rights and responsibilities for Tasmania', 29 November 2010, 1-34
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., Submission to the Community Consultation into a Charter of Human Rights & Responsibilities for Tasmania, 16 December 2010
    Full Submission
  • Debeljak, J., Submission on the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010, submitted to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, 9 July 2010, 1-11 (re-submitted in October 2010)
    Transcript of evidence
    Full Submission
  • Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Inquiry into the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill 2010, Prepared by Dr Adam McBeth, Professor Sarah Joseph and Erica Contini, July 2010
    Transcript of evidenceFull Submission
  • Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Submission to the Senate Scrutiny of Bills Committee, Inquiry into the future direction and role of the Scrutiny of Bills Committee, Prepared by Professor Sarah Joseph, March 2010
    Full Submission
  • Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Submission to the National Human Rights Consultation on a Bill of Rights for Australia
    Full Submission
    Castan Centre Press Release on the National Human Rights Consultation recommending the Human Rights Act
  • Debeljak, J. Submission to the National Human Rights Consultation on a Bill of Rights for Australia
    Full Submission
  • Debeljak, J. Submission to the Western Australian Consultation Committee for the proposed Human Rights Act.
    Full Submission
    Final Report of the Committee
  • Debeljak, J. Submission to the Tasmanian Human Rights Community Consultation Committee on 'How Human Rights are currently protected in Tasmania and whether the protection of Human Rights can be enhanced or extended'.
    Full Submission
  • Abraham, I. and Joseph, S. Submission to the Human Rights Consultation Committee on a Bill of Rights for Victoria.
    Full Submission
  • Debeljak, J., Submission to the Human Rights Consultation Commission on How Best to Protect and Promote Human Rights in Victoria.
    Full Submission
  • Debeljak, J., Inquiry into a Bill of Rights for New South Wales submitted to the NSW Standing Committee on Law and Justice, on behalf of the NSW Branch of the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association, April 2000 (evidence given in February 2001).
    Transcript of hearing
    Full Submission
    Final Report of the Committee
  • Kinley, D., Inquiry into a NSW Bill of Rights written submission to the NSW Standing Committee on Law and Justice 29 April 2000.

Business and Human Rights

  • Joseph, S. and McBeth, A., Submission to the Secretary General's Special Representative on Business and Human Rights on Proposed Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, January 2011
    Full Submission
  • Chambers, R., Kinley, D. and Joseph, S. Submission to the UN Office of the High Commissioner's review of the UN's Human Rights Norms for Corporations 'Responsibilities of Transnational Corporations and Related Business Enterprises with Regards to Human Rights'.
    Full Submission

Children's Rights

  • Sifris, R., Ludlow, K. and Sifris., A, Submission to the Australian House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs inquiry into Surrogacy Arrangements, February 2016
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P. Submission to the Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee, Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Bill 2015, December 2015
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., Submission to the Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, Review of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 2008, September 2015
  • Full Submission
  • Kyriakakis, J.,  Submission on the General Comment by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Regarding Child Rights and the Business Sector - First Draft, August 2012
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A., Submission to Law Reform Committee's Inquiry into Sexting, June 2012
    Full Submission
    Final Report of the Committee
  • Fletcher, A. and Gerber, P., Submission to the Attorney General's Department in Favour of Australia Signing and Ratifying the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, April 2012
    Full Submission
  • Penovic, T., Thompson, A., and Harrison, L., Submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs into the Regulation of Billboard and Outdoor Advertising, February 2011
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., Shadow Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child Regarding Australia's compliance with Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, June 2011
  • Full Submission
  • A. Sifris, S. Middleton, R. Hyams and V. Kirmos, Submission to the Family Law Council regarding the Inquiry into Relocation of Children in Family Law, April 2006.
    Full Submission
  • Batagol, B, Submission to the Standing Committee on Family and Community Affairs regarding Child Custody Arrangements Inquiry, August 2003.
    Full Submission
    Article in Alternative Law Journal


Criminal Justice

  • Fletcher, A, Response to the United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding the causes and effects of overincarceration and overcrowding with regard to non-discrimination and persons with increased vulnerability in the administration of justice, February 2017
    Full Submission
  • Naylor, B. and Fletcher, A., Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on a Justice Reinvestment Approach to Criminal Justice in Australia, March 2013
    Full Submission
  • Naylor, B., Submission to the Victorian Ombudsman, on the Investigation into the rehabilitation and reintegration of prisoners in Victoria: Discussion Paper 30 January 2015
    Full Submission

Death Penalty

  • Fletcher, A., Submission to the Human Rights Sub-committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade regarding Australia's Advocacy for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, September 2015
    Full Submission

Disability and Human Rights

  • Fletcher, A. Submission to Department of Education and Training Consultation on the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 Review, February 2017
    Full Submission
  • O'Sullivan, M and Kaempf, A. Submission to the Commonwealth Parliament regarding the Inquiry into Migration and Disability, in conjunction with the Rethinking Mental Health Laws Federation Fellowship.
    Full Submission
  • Kaempf, A, Submission to the Australian Government, Attorney-General's Department, Disability Discrimination Section on the Possible Ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), March 2008.
    Full Submission

Discrimination

  • Fletcher, A, and Joseph, J., Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Human Rights and Anti-discrimination Bill 2012 - Exposure Draft, December 2012
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A, Vandenberg, K, Loftus, R and Tu, K, Submission to Australian Government Attorney-General's Department regarding the Consolidation of Anti-Discrimination Laws paper, January 2012
    Full Submission


Enforcement Domestic

  • Kinley, D. Submission to the UK Joint Committee on Human Rights 'The Case for a Human Rights Commission', October, 2002
  • Gaze, B., Submission to Administrative Review Council on a Code of Conduct for Members of Merits Review Tribunals, February 2001.
  • Gaze, B., Submission to the Victorian Attorney-General on a Review of the Equal Opportunity Act 1995, July 2000.

Environment

  • O'Sullivan, M. and O'Bryan, K., Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur Thematic Report on Human Rights and Biodiversity, September 2016
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A., Submission in response to call for input - Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Enviroment, October 2015
    Full Submission
  • Potts, H., Submission to the Water Resources Strategy Committee on the Strategy Directions Report '21st Century Melbourne: A Water Smart City', July 2002.
    Full Submission

Freedom of Expression

  • Joseph, S., Submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights regarding the Inquiry into the freedom of speech in Australia, December 2016
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S., Submission to the Federal Attorney-General's Department on the repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, April 2014
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S., Submission to the Australian Government regarding the Independent Inquiry into Media and Media Regulation, November 2011
    Full Submission and Appendix: Council of Europe Recommendation
  • Joseph, S., Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on its Draft General Comment 34 on Freedom of Expression. January 2011.
    Full Submission

Freedom of Peaceful Assembly

  • Joseph, S., Submission to the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding The Right of Peaceful Protests, November 2012
    Full Submission

HREOC

  • Gaze, B. and Schmidt, C., Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee regarding the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Bill 2003, April 2003.
    Full Submission

Indigenous Rights

  • Gerber, P. and Castan, M., Submission to the Queensland Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee on the Justice and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014, December 2014
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., Submission to the Queensland Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee on the Electoral Reform Amendment Bill 2013, January 2014
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Birth Registration, November 2013
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P. and Castan, M., Submission to the Victorian Law Reform Commission concerning Birth registration and Birth Certificates, November 2012
    Full Submission
    Final Report of the Committee
  • Castan, M., Submission to the Panel on Indigenous Constitional Recognition, September 2011
    Full Submission
  • Castan, M., Tilley, J., and Yarrow, D. Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the 'Inquiry Into the Stolen Generation Compensation Bill 2008', April 2008.
    Full Submission
  • Gray, S. Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee regarding the Inquiry into Stolen Wages, July 2006.
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S. Submissions to the United Nations Human Rights Committee by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) on 'Native Title', 'Indigenous People in Custody' and 'Mandatory Sentencing Laws in Northern Territory and Western Australia'. 2001.
    Submission available
  • Joseph, S., (co-author) Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) on 'Heritage Protection' and 'Indigenous Disadvantage and Self-Determination', 2001.
    Submission available
  • Kinley, D. Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee 'Inquiry into the Stolen Generation'. 13 July 2000.

International Criminal Court

  • Crafti G., Kinley D., Joseph S. and Debeljak J., 'Inquiry into Ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court' submitted to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties, 15 February 2002.
    Full Submission

International Human Rights Treaties

  • Fletcher, A. Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties regarding 'The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture' March 2012
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S and Pung, A. Submission to the Australian Government, Attorney-General's Department, Human Rights Unit on the 'Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment - National Interest Analysis', June 2008.
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S and Kyriakakis, J. Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights regarding an 'Inquiry into the revised draft guidelines on an expanded core document and treaty-specific targeted reports and harmonized guidelines on reporting under the International Human Rights Treaties'.
    Full Submission

National Human Rights Mechanisms

  • Dao, A, National Human Rights Action Plan: Exposure Draft, Submission to Australian Government Attorney-General's Department Consultation, February 2012
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S. and Fletcher, F, National Human Rights Action Plan: Draft Baseline Study, Submission to Australian Government Attorney-General's Department Consultation, August 2011
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S., Submission to the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding an 'Inquiry into the Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Amendment (Disallowance and Amendment Power of the Commonwealth) Bill 2010'
    Full Submission
    Final Report of the Committee
  • Smith, M. and Contini, E., Submission to the Attorney General's Department: "A new National Human Rights Action Plan for Australia", Background Paper, 11 February 2011.
    Full Submission

Privacy

  • Castan, M. and Fletcher, F., Submission to the Attorney-General's Department, Government Consultation on Access to Retained Data in Civil Proceedings
    Full Submission
  • Castan, M. and Henckels, C., Submission to Senate Standing Committee on Economics, Inquiry into the Census 2016
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A., Submission to Inquiry into the Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Bill 2012, August 2012
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A., Submission on Commonwealth Government's Issues Paper: A Statutory Cause of Action for Serious Invasion of Privacy, October 2011
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P., Submission to the Senate Legal Constitutional Affairs Committee, Inquiry into the Telecommunications Interception and Ingelligence Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2010, November 2010
    Full Submission
  • Naylor, B. Submission to the Criminal Law Branch, Attorney General's Department on the Spent Convictions Bill 2008,  January 2009.
    Full Submission
  • Emerton, P., Cheligoy, S., Grose, M., Pearson, H., Ransom, F. and Ross, P. Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding the Inquiry into the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment Bill 2008, April 2008.
    Full Submission
  • Paterson, M. Submission to the Office of Access Card, Department of Human Services, ACT, 'Exposure Draft of the 'Human Services (Enhanced Service Delivery) Bill 2007'
    Full Submission

Refugees, Asylum Seekers, "Illegal" Immigrants and Slavery

  • Allain, J., Crane, C., Horrigan, B., and Rühmkorf, A., Submission to the Attorney-General’s Department, Government of Australia, Modern Slavery in Supply Chains Reporting Requirements – Public Consultation, October 2017.
    Full Submission
  • Allain, J., Askola, H., Bales, K., Crane, C., and Segrave, M., Submission to the Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Parliament of Australia, Inquiry into Establishing a Modern Slavery Act in Australia, April 2017.
    Full Submission 
  • Allain, J., and Schwarz, K., Response to the Questionnaire on Access to Justice and Remedy of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, including its Causes and Consequences, March 2017
    Full Submission
  • Penovic, T., Submission to the Senate and Constitutional Affairs References Committee on the serious allegations of abuse, self-harm and neglect of asylum seekers in relation to the Nauru Regional Processing Centre and Manus Regional Processing Centre, November 2016
    Full Submission
  • Dastyari, A., O'Sullivan, M., and Penovic, T., Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016 [Provisions], November 2016
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A., Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on the Migration Amendment (Complementary Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2015, November 2015 Fletcher. A on 17 November 2015)
    Full Submission
  • Dastyari, A , Submission to the Select Committee on the Recent Allegations Relating to Conditions and Circumstances at the Regional Processing Centre in Nauru, April 2015
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S., Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on the Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill 2014, July
    Full Submission
  • O'Sullivan, M., Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee on the Inquiry into the Guardian for Unaccompanied Children Bill 2014, November 2014
    Full Submission
  • Emerton. P and O'Sullivan. M, Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Inquiry into the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylym Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014, October 2014
    Full Submission
  • Dastyari, A. and Penovic, T., Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee on the Inquiry into the incident at the Manus Island Detention Centre from 16 February to 18 February 2014, May 2014
    Full SubmissionVideo of Azadeh Dastyari's appearance
    Final committee report
  • Dastyari, A., O'Sullivan and Penovic, T., Submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention, April 2014
    Full Submission
  • Kneebone. S, Dastyari. A, Fletcher. A, O'Sullivan. M and Penovic. T, Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Commitee on the Migration Amendment (Regaining Control over Australia's Protection Obligations) Bill 2013, January 2014
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher. A, and Penovic. T, Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012, December 2012 (evidence given by Penovic. T on 31 January 2013)
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A., de Crespigny, H and Pearce, K, Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Migration Amendment (Healthcare for Asylum Seekers) Bill 2012, October 2012 (evidence given in November 2012)
    Full Submission
    Transcript of Evidence
  • Kneebone, S., and Teshome, A., Submission on the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Slavery, Slavery-like Conditions and People Trafficking) Bill 2012, 31 July 2012
    Full Submission
  • Kneebone, S., Joseph, S., Penovic, T., O'Sullivan., M, and Sifris, A., Submission to the Expert Panel on Asylum Seekers, July 2012
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A., Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, Migration Amendment (Removal of Mandatory Minimum Penalties) Bill 2012, February 2012
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A., Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Inquiry into Deterring People Smuggling Bill 2011, November 2011
    Full Submission
    Final Report of the Committee
  • Penovic, T., Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Australia's Immigration Detention Network, 12 August 2011
    Full Submission
  • Penovic, T., Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee into the Migration Amendment (Detention Reform and Procedural Fairness) Bill 2010, 6 June 2011
    Full Submission
  • Kneebone, S., O. Sullivan. and Penovic, T., Submission to inquiry into the agreement between Australia and Malaysia on the transfer of asylum seekers to Malaysia, 15 September 2011
    Full Submission
  • Kneebone, S, Healy, L. and Money, M. Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures) Bill 2009, August 2009.
    Full Submission
    Transcript
  • Kneebone, S., Penovic, T., Fabinyi, H., and Moskovitch, E. Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee regarding the Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Immigration Detention Reform) Bill 2009, August 2009.
    Full Submission
  • Kneebone, S., Liaskos, C. and Voon, J. Submission to the Commonwealth Joint Standing Committee on Immigration regarding the 'Inquiry into Immigration Detention in Australia', July 2008.
    Full Submission
    Transcript
  • Kneebone, S. and Mitchell, K. Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitution Committee Inquiry into the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Testing) Bill 2007,  July 2007.
    Full Submission
  • Dastyari, A. Submission to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship regarding the Liability of Immigration Detainees for the Costs of their Detention, February 2007.
  • Kneebone, S; Penovic, T; and Winter, C. Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into the Provisions of the Migration Amendment (Review Provisions) Bill 2006, January 2007.
    Full Submission
  • Penovic, T; Dastyari, A; and Taylor, J, Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee regarding the Inquiry into provisions of the Migration Amendment (Designated Unauthorised Arrivals) Bill 2006, May 2006.
    Full Submission
    Transcript of Hearing: http://www.aph.gov.au/hansard/senate/commttee/S9410.pdf
    Committee Report: http://www.aph.gov.au/Senate/committee/legcon_ctte/migration_unauthorised_arrivals/report/report.pdf
  • Joseph, S; Cantley-Smith, R; and Contini, E. Submission to the Extradition and Mutual Assistance Review Team on the Extradition Review, April 2006.
    Full Submission
  • McSherry, B and Kyriakakis, J., Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee regarding the Inquiry into the Criminal Code Amendment (Trafficking in Persons Offences) Bill 2004.
    Full Submission
  • Kneebone, S and Howell, E., Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee regarding the Inquiry into the Administration and Operation of the Migration Act 1958.
    Full Submission
  • Kneebone, S., Submission to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee regarding the 'Inquiry into Migration Zone Excision', July 2002.
    Full Submission
  • Crafti, G. and Kneebone, S. 'Detention, Children and Asylum Seekers: A Comparative Study' a submission to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Sydney regarding the National Inquiry into Children in Detention -15 April 2002
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S., Submission to the United Nations Human Rights Committee by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) on 'Detention of Unauthorised Arrivals', 2001.
    Report available
  • Kneebone, S., Submission to the Legal and Constitutional References Committee's 'Inquiry into Migration Legislation Amendment Bill (No 6) 2001', September 2001.
    Full Submission

Poverty and Development

  • Fletcher, A. Submission to the City Of Melbourne Consultation on Activities (Public Amenity and Security) Local Law 2017, March 2017
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A., Submission to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Right to Development at Monash University Faculty of Law, December 2015
    Full Submission

Same Sex Entitlements

  • Gerber., and McInnis, C., Submission to the Queensland Department of Justice on the consultation draft of the Criminal Law (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill 2017
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., and McInnis, C., Submission to the Senate Select Committee on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill, January 2017
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., and Smith. M., Submission to the Tasmanian Department of Justice, Draft Historical Homosexual Convictions Bill 2016, July 2016
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A., Submission to Queensland Law Reform Commission Review on Expunging Historical Gay Sex Convictions, March 2016
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee on the issue of a popular vote, in the form of a plebiscite or referendum, on the matter of marriage in Australia, September 2015.
    Full Submission
  • Sifris, A., Gerber, P., Di Natalie, A., Lettau, L., Lynch, M. Submission to the Department for Education and Child Development, South Australia Review of the South Australian Adoption Act 1988 and Adoption Regulations 2004, March 2015
    Full Submission
  • Sifris, A., Gerber, P., Di Natalie, A., Lettau, L., Lynch, M. Department of Premier and Cabinet regarding the 'Review to permit adoption by same-sex couples under Victorian law', March 2015
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee regarding the Inquiry into the Foreign Marriages Bill 2014, July 2014
    Full Submission
  • Fletcher, A., Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committeeon the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Status) Bill 2013, April 2013
    Full Submission
    Final Report of the Committee
  • Gerber, P., Sifris, A, Joseph, S., and Smith, M., Submission to the NSW Legislative Council Standing Committee on Social Issues, Inquiry into Same Sex Marriage Law in NSW, March 2013
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., and Sifris, A., Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee regarding the Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012, April 2012
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., Sifris, A., Smith, M. and Contini, E. Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee regarding the Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009, September 2009.
    Full Submission
  • Sifris, A., Gerber, P., and Richmond, A. Submission to the Parliament of New South Wales Legislative Council Standing Committee on Law and Justice regarding the 'Inquiry into Adoption by Same Sex Couples', February 2009.
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P., Austin, S., Contini, E., Devenish, J., Herreen, S., Lee, L., Mahendren, S., Quinn, S., and Simons, F. Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs regarding the 'Inquiry into the Effectiveness of the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 in Eliminating Discrimination and Promoting Gender Equality', August 2008.
    Full Submission
  • Gerber, P. and Gyorki, L. Submission to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission on Same-Sex Entitlements, June 2006.
    Full Submission
  • Debeljak, J and Middleton, Dr S. Submission to the Commonwealth Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee Inquiry into Amendments to the Marriage Act 1961 and the Family Law Act 1975', July 2004.
    Full Submission
  • Trade

  • McBeth, A., Joseph, S., Kinley, D. Submission to the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee. 'Inquiry into the General Agreement on Trade in Services and the Australia / United States Free Trade Agreement' - March 2003
    Full Submission
  • Traditional Rights and Freedoms

  • Fletcher, A., Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission on Report 127 (Interim), regarding Traditional Rights and Freedoms: Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws, September 2015
    Full Submission
  • Joseph, S., Fletcher, A., Submission to Australian Law Reform Commission on Issues Paper 46, regarding Traditional Rights and Freedoms: Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws, February 2015
    Full Submission
  • United Nations Reform

  • Joseph, S, 'Inquiry into the Reform of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights' by the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Human Rights Sub Committee, August 2005.
    Report available
  • Women and Human Rights

  • Gibbs, A.,Penovic, T., 'Submission to the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet The Australian Government's priority setting for the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62), October 2017.
    Full Submission 
  • Penovic, T. and Sifris, R., Submission to the Tasmanian Legislative Council on Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill 2013, July 2013 (evidence given on 3 September 2013)
    Full Submission
  • Naylor, B., and MacKay, A., Submission to ACT Human Rights Commission on Human Rights Audit and Review of Treatment of Women at AMC, August 2013
    Full Submission
  • Penovic, T. Submission to the Law Reform Commission enquiry on the 'Law of Abortion', November 2007.
    Full Submission
  • Gaze, B. Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee, 'Inquiry into proposed amendments to the Sex Discrimination Act', November 2000.
    Full Submission