The role of Australian ombudsmen in the protection and promotion of human rights

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Australian Journal of Human Rights, 2010, 16 (1), pp. 37 - 62
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On 1 January 2007, the Victorian Ombudsman was granted the power to inquire into whether an administrative action of a public authority is incompatible with a human right. This express human rights mandate transforms the Victorian Ombudsman from a classical ombudsman into a human rights ombudsman. It is the first time that any Australian government has given a classical ombudsman a legislative mandate to perform an oversight role with respect to human rights protection. That noted, there is synergy between the role and function of existing state, territory and federal Australian classical ombudsmen and the protection of human rights. This article explains how Australian ombudsmen currently address human rights violations
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