Australia’s only government body charged with hearing complaints of human rights abuses by Australian business abroad is failing, a new report finds.
Never heard of the Australian National Contact Point? You are not alone. It is one of the Australian government’s best kept secrets that it houses a transnational human rights mechanism charged with hearing cases under the Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. Tucked away in Treasury and barely resourced, the human rights body turns away most of the communities that come to it seeking help. In this blog, Kristen Zornada and Dr Shelley Marshall explain how the Australian National Contact Point (ANCP) is failing.