Race Discrim Commissioner, Privacy Inquiry


Race Discrim Commissioner, Privacy Inquiry

New Race Discrimination Commissioner | Privacy Inquiry Commissioner appointed.


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New Race Discrimination Commissioner

Dr Tim Soutphommasane has been appointed as Race Discrimination Commissioner with the Human Rights Commission for a five-year term, commencing on 20 August 2013.
Dr Soutphommasane is an academic specialist in multiculturalism and citizenship, and an author of three books in those fields.
Dr Soutphommasane is currently University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights in the University of Sydney, and an opinion columnist with The Age. He is also presenter of Mongrel Nation on ABC Radio National.
His research has focused on the concepts of citizenship and identity, as well the development of multicultural policy in Australia. He holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Dr Soutphommasane is also a board member of the National Australia Day Council, a member of the Australian Multicultural Council and a fellow of Per Capita and St James Ethics Centre. Dr Soutphommasane previously worked as a speechwriter to Bob Carr when Carr was NSW premier.

Privacy Inquiry Commissioner appointed

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC has appointed Professor Barbara McDonald to head the Australian Law Reform Commission’s inquiry into Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era.
Professor McDonald is a Professor of Law at the University of Sydney and will look at whether there should be a right to sue for breach of privacy.
‘Professor McDonald’s extensive experience and significant knowledge in these areas will greatly assist the Commission to undertake the inquiry,’ Mr Dreyfus said.
‘Changing conceptions of community privacy, as well as rapid growth in information technology capabilities, mean issues surrounding privacy must be discussed — this enquiry will do just that.’
Further information about the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), including the terms of reference, is available from the ALRC website. 
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