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Topic: Frank Brennan
The road to anarchy: conservatives’ retrial of Pell is dangerous beyond reasonable doubt 

The road to anarchy: conservatives’ retrial of Pell is dangerous beyond reasonable doubt 

The refusal to accept Pell’s conviction is not merely a reactionary whinge; it is dangerous.

Frank Brennan: Why human rights need to be our agenda

Frank Brennan: Why human rights need to be our agenda

Australia doesn't need a human rights charter, the government has decided. Fine, says Frank Brennan, that wasn't the main point anyway. Hopefully the government won't ignore the 87% of respondents who want a human rights act.

Bob Carr: It’s our right not to have a human rights charter

Bob Carr: It’s our right not to have a human rights charter

We don't need a human rights charter in Australia because we don't have human rights issues. Luckily Frank Brennan's recommendations have been ignored, since it was all a waste of time and money, writes former NSW premier Bob Carr.

Bill of rights: good riddance on ‘bogus’ charter v lost chance

Bill of rights: good riddance on ‘bogus’ charter v lost chance

Australia's charter of rights is dead on arrival. Good riddance, a human rights academic tells Crikey intern Patrick Tombola, but others like Julian Burnside lament the lost opportunity to recognise those on the margins of society.

Human rights: what is Rudd waiting for?

Human rights: what is Rudd waiting for?

Is the government backing away from introducing a bill of rights? In the absence of any serious negatives, we should expect a human rights act within this parliamentary term, writes Susan Ryan, chair of the Australian Human Rights Group.

Brennan: we want human rights protection

Brennan: we want human rights protection

The human rights ball is now with the government, with the core message of the Brennan Committee's report on human rights indicating that Australians want better human rights protection.

Charter of rights is “stone cold dead”

Charter of rights is “stone cold dead”

It now seems the Brennan committee report will not recommend an Australian bill of rights. How did such a good idea get bogged down in the fallacy that judges would abuse their power? asks Richard Ackland.

Chatting to “ordinary people” about human rights

Chatting to “ordinary people” about human rights

The committee behind Australia's National Human Rights Consultations has gone to great lengths to engage with ‘ordinary’ people, says Andrew Bartlett.