ALSWA Submission to the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department – November 2009
ALSWA prepared this submission in response to the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) invitation to the public to submit comments on the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). The Concluding Observations were made in response to Australia’s appearance before the CESCR in May 2009, regarding its fourth periodic report on the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The Concluding Observations identify principle areas of concern in relation to Australia’s compliance with its obligations under the ICESCR.
This submission addresses a number of key concerns raised by the CESCR that relate to the work of ALSWA and the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The submission has also been provided to the CESCR for their ongoing monitoring of Australia’s obligations.