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Julie Bishop announces new Australian Human Rights Group - to review Australian law and implement UN Guiding Principles

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Julie Bishop is going all out to outdo Gillard.

Yesterday, as well as changing her Facebook cover, Ms Bishop announced a new multi-stakeholder advisory group

It's conspicuous for two reasons.

Firstly the absence of Yassmin Abdel Magied.

Secondly its Orwellian purpose - as explained by Ms Bishop in the first two lines of her press release:

Today I announce the establishment of a Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Group on the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, adopted unanimously by the Human Rights Council in 2011, are a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent, address and remedy human rights abuses committed in business operations.

I was unaware of our rampant problem with human rights abuses committed in business operations - here in Australia.  If we had a problem like that, wouldn't Gillian Triggs have sussed it out?  Apparently not because Julie Bishop has set this bureaucracy up to:

The Advisory Group will provide expert advice to support government and business to work together to improve human rights, including a review of existing laws, policies and best practices relevant to the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

An additional human rights body on top of Gillian Triggs's mob.  First item on its agenda is to review Australian laws, policies and "best practices" alongside the UN's guiding principles on business and human rights.

Just what we need Julie/Julia.

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