Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
Indonesia-Australia Specialised Training Project Phase II
In 2002 the Castan Centre successfully tendered (for the second consecutive year) to run an eight week 'Human Rights in Australia Short Course' through AusAID under the auspices of the Indonesia-Australia Specialised Training Project Phase II, an initiative between the Australian and Indonesian governments.
The course ran from April 22 to June 14, 2002 with nineteen Indonesians participating in the course. The majority of the participants were government officials -predominantly drawn from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General's Department - with a Police Officer, a Judge, a University Lecturer and Journalist also in attendance.
The 2002 course placed a greater emphasis on human rights issues pertaining to States in transition to democracy, as well as current human rights issues such as terrorism, the rights of internally displaced peoples, corporations and human rights, and the myriad of human rights issues flowing from border control.
In addition to engaging a number of external experts specifically for delivery of the seminars and workshops, many of the Monash Law Faculty lecturers were involved in the program.
On site visits in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra were an integral part of the program. The Canberra visits covered Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Attorney General's Department, the Australian Federal Police and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies.
Whilst in Sydney visits were made to the Policy Integrity Commission, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and Legal Aid NSW.
In Melbourne they visited the Federal Court, Victorian Government Drug Initiative, Director of Public Prosecutions, Equal Opportunity Commission, Victoria Police Mounted Branch and two of our prisons (one Government run and one provately run), as well as a number of NGOs including Amnesty International, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Services, Australian Red Cross, Public Interest Law Clearing House and the Disability Employment Advocacy Centre.
They were indeed a very interested and active group who visited many of our Australian tourist areas such as the Great Ocean Road, Healesville Sanctuary, Phillip Island and the snow at Mt. Buller.Their cultural education was rounded off with a visit to an Australian rules football match in Melbourne and at the Closing Ceremony on their final day at Monash Law Faculty the group gave an enthusiastic rendition of Waltzing Matilda.