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Australia buys time on human rights response

Australia buys time on human rights response

Posted 1 February 2011, 12:53 AEST

Australia has elected to buy itself more time before responding to some very strong criticisms of its human rights record by the UN Human Rights Council.

The Council's periodic review has resulted in 145 recommendations, including the abolition of immigration detention, creation of a Human Rights Act and recognition of same-sex marriage.

The Council also criticised the so-called Northern Territory intervention - a government policy that's restricted alcohol and quarantined welfare payments in indigenous communities.

The Australian Government hasn't formally accepted or rejected any of the recommendations.

Instead, it says it will consider the report and respond in the coming months.

Presenter: Sen Lam

Speaker: Ben Schokman, director of international human rights advocacy, Human Rights Law Resource Centre

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