Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 November 2005) . . Page.. 4428 ..
It gives some real status to Professor Charlesworth’s role at the Australian National University: that we have here in the territory, at the Australian National University, the premier university in Australia, the leading international human rights and international lawyer in the world for 2006—if one can use this particular award, which I believe one can—signals that.
It is also important—and something that we should reflect on—that it was Professor Hilary Charlesworth who was the first significant or notable academic in Australia to comment on the extent to which the commonwealth’s current anti-terrorism bill was inconsistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations, particularly those obligations as reflected through the international covenant on civil and political rights.
It is significant that the first major, significant learned commentary on the commonwealth’s anti-terrorism bill came from Professor Hilary Charlesworth. It was through the agitation and the debate that was precipitated by her entry into the debate that many of the improvements we see in the subsequent drafts of the anti-terrorism bill were made. That is something for which we should all thank Professor Charlesworth, that she engaged herself in that debate. It was through her reputation—a reputation reflected in this award—that the commonwealth subsequently took the notice that it did of the backlash from people such as Professor Charlesworth, and from the community.
MR SPEAKER: The minister’s time has expired.
Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Papers and statement by minister
MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for the Environment and Minister for Arts, Heritage and Indigenous Affairs): For the information of members, I present the following papers:
Brett Phillips, dated 3 November 2005.
Bronwen Overton-Clarke, dated 17 and 27 October 2005.
David Collett, dated 19 October 2005.
Elizabeth Kelly, dated 26 October 2005.
Ian Hubbard, dated 21 October 2005.
Jennifer Brogan, dated 17 October 2005.
June Bronwyn Leslie, dated 28 October 2005.
Lana Junakovic, dated 28 September 2005.
Martin Hehir, dated 21 October 2005.
Maureen Sheehan, dated 21 October 2005.
Andrew Taylor, dated 22 September 2005.
Helen Pappas, dated 19 October 2005.
John Robertson, dated 18 October 2005.
June Bronwyn Leslie, dated 19 September 2005.
Neil Bulless, dated 8 November 2005.