New Attorney-General Nicola Roxon, the rebadged former health minister, has embraced the politically correct path by promising new laws will be scrutinised to ensure they meet the United Nations standard for human rights
Rebadged former health minister? I don’t recall Piers ever referring to Tony Abbott as the rebadged former minister for employment services. And let’s not bother mentioning Roxon’s legal background, that’s not relevant to the role of Attorney-General is it?
Our laws are to be measured against the standards set by the UN, one of the world’s greatest cesspits of institutionalised bureaucratic inefficiency where totalitarian governments are permitted to parade their prejudices against democracies with impunity, and even to applause.
This sounds sinister Piers, please tell me more.
The Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 came into effect on Wednesday and requires all new bills and disallowable legislative instruments to be accompanied by a “statement of compatibility with human rights” which will assess them against the seven main UN human rights treaties to which Australia is a party.
The training-wheels Attorney-General has provided a minor caveat to her pledge – that new laws which do not fulfil treaty obligations can still be passed if reasons are provided and fully explained – but that is a petty check on what is a huge transfer of power from our parliament and its democratic processes to the bureaucrats who manipulate the undemocratic global body.
So let me see if I understand this Piers, a report on new pieces of legislation that assess how well we’re living up to treaties that we voluntarily signed up to, but has no binding power within the legislative process, is somehow akin to allowing the minions of the UN to run our country? No hint of hyperbole there.
There’s little to no chance of an election in 2012, the carbon tax will come into effect in July without the sky falling, and it’s unlikely that the opposition will have any more parliamentary success than they did in 2011, so be prepared for a long year of Piers and the rest of the trollumnists at News trying to see which one of them can make the most outrageous claim about the Gillard government before their loyal audience begin to question what they’re being told. Sadly, based on previous form, there seems little chance of that happening any time soon.