Senate Secrets #7: The secretly classified Australian Human Rights Commission complaint, file KMc/2013986FC

“Centrelink does not collect ‘Post Breaching Terminal Outcome Statistics’ and is therefore unable to assist with your request for this information.” (See grave digger document #2

The ultimate human rights violation is the senseless taking of human life or the equally senseless failure to take action that would prevent loss of life. In August 2003 the Australian Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) received a complaint that point out that breaching violated a score of basic human rights as set out in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The now classified “confidential HREOC response is set out below.  The highly sensitive and utterly disgraceful point about this now classified document is that the Australian Human Rights Commission has “no jurisdiction” because the 19 human rights violations involved in the breaching process “does not fall within the Commission’s legislation…” This is a fancy way of saying that the commission was ‘nobbled’ in order to deliberately prevent breached welfare recipients from being able to lodge complaints with the Australian Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission.

Grave Digger #25: “no jurisdiction” – HREOC complaint KMc/2013986FC

Page #2 “no jusrisdiction” – Nobbled, castrated, made powerless.

Page #3 – “does not fall within the Commission’s legislation…”

No “ifs” and no “buts”; as demonstrated in previous blogs, e.g., breaching legislation was/is unconstitutional but the Australian Commonwealth Ombudsman can do nothing about this legislation and the “no jurisdiction” comment in the HREOC letter makes it quite clear that this is yet another commission that is also nobbled in order to ensure that welfare recipients are not able to mount a decent fight to protect their constitutional, legal and human rights.  

There are lots of excuses by lots of Australian Government agencies, but at the end of the day, the unlaw killing of welfare recipients over a period of decades is an official STATE SECRET that neither the Federal Police nor any other federal government agencies intend to do anything about. It is quite clear that if accountability for these deaths is to occur, then it is upto the relatives of those who died to do something.

Ronald Medlicott (Christian advocate of welfare justice.)

Proverbs 31, verses 8 – 9 states, “Speak up for the people who cannot defend themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless. Speak out for them and be a righteous judge. Protect the rights of the poor.”

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