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Changes at Human Rights Commission

07 June 2018

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero has been acting head of the Human Rights Commission from 25 May 2018.

The Commission says Ms Tesoriero has agreed to take on the leadership role short term following the decision by Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford to leave the Commission at the end of the financial year in June.

Ms Tesoriero, who was appointed in late 2017, will be acting in the role until three new Commissioners, including a new Chief Commissioner, are appointed.

Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford has been Chief Commissioner since 2011 and his term expired in 2016. He had earlier indicated his intention not to seek reappointment and has now advised that he will leave the Commission at the end of June.

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Jackie Blue’s term expires in June 2018. She has indicated that she will not be seeking reappointment. However, she has ongoing national and international commitments and she has agreed to continue in her role until new Commissioners are appointed.

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy’s term expired in March 2018. She has not sought reappointment and will leave the Commission at the end of June.

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Last updated on the 7th June 2018