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At the Council meeting on 25 March 2013, the Mornington Peninsula Shire Council endorsed a number of human rights initiatives:
This issue of Connect is packed full of information about homelessness and housing - problems that our members fear are not well addressed by the Victorian Government's current approach. There is also an article from Adrian Bates on the role of regulations under the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibility.
The Australian Human Rights Commission have issued a statement welcoming the report of the UNHRC's Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons.
Most of you have already received the latest edition of our 39th newsletter, Connect, via email, but for those of you who are not yet on our list, here it is.
Have you read Malcolm Fraser's opinion piece in The Age today? It is critical of the Coalition's latest asylum seeker plan, stating that it is inhumane and lacks integrity.
The link to the Chair's Summary of the UNHCR's Expert Roundtable on National Security Assessments for Refugees, Asylum-Seekers and Stateless Persons in Australia was provided by Julian Burnside on Twitter, and it is worth reading. For those of you not on Twitter, the link to the document is below.
Well, in my last comment on this blog I asked the question "what will we do when John retires from the role of editing Connect?"....sadly, the answer is not a lot!
Aaah - it is an embarrassment of riches - while I was travelling around Cambodia, John Howells has been busy organising two more newsletters containing interesting articles written by various members of the Mornington Peninsula Human Rights Group. What will we do when he retires from this role?
Connect No. 34 could be the last edition of the Newsletter under John Howell's guiding hand – as unbelievable as it sounds, he has threatened to resign. But I can't help thinking that it won't really happen until he has found another editor. So what's the bet? Will there be a Connect No. 35 under John's editorial control? I certainly hope so!
Many of you will have already received the August newsletter Connect No. 33 via email and will have read about our program for the rest of 2011, but to those of you who aren't on our mailing list – my humble apologies for posting it so late in the month. I do have a good excuse – I've been visiting the grandchildren in Western Australia. As well as the 2011 program, this edition of Connect contains an interesting article by John Howells titled Human Trafficking – Modern Day Slavery, and an article I have written on Climate Change and Human Rights.