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Commission welcomes appointment of Human Rights Commissioner

Rights and Freedoms

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the Government’s decision to fill the role of Human Rights Commissioner, a role which is a foundational one to the Commission.

Commission President Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM said the Commission looked forward to welcoming Lorraine Finlay to the Commission at the commencement of her term on 22 November 2021. Ms Finlay will be based in Canberra.

Ms Finlay brings to the role her experience as a Lecturer in Law at Murdoch University, which includes teaching within the International Human Rights Law Program in Geneva.

Her prior experience also includes working as a Senior Human Trafficking Specialist with the Australian Mission to ASEAN and a State Prosecutor at the Western Australia Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“My Australian Human Rights Commission colleagues and I look forward to working with Lorraine Finlay upon her commencement as Human Rights Commissioner in November,” Professor Croucher said.

Ms Finlay said: “I am honoured to be appointed as the Human Rights Commissioner and am looking forward to building on the substantial contributions made by my predecessors in the role."