Conditional Income Support Under Seam: Human Rights Compatibility Issues

Shelley Bielefeld, ‘Conditional Income Support under SEAM: Human Rights Compatibility Issues’ (2013) 8(9) Indigenous Law Bulletin 17-21

5 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2014

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Shelley Bielefeld

School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet); Griffith University - Griffith Law School

Date Written: January 13, 2014

Abstract

This article explores the relationship between the School Enrolment and Attendance Measure (SEAM) and human rights, in light of the recent assessment of this measure by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights (PJCHR). The article considers the concerns raised by the PJCHR regarding the incompatibility of SEAM with Australia’s international human rights obligations. It examines additional human rights concerns that were not addressed by the PJCHR in their June 2013 report; namely, those that relate to the right of Indigenous peoples to participate in and enjoy their own culture. It is argued that rights to culture are significant for Indigenous peoples and should not be marginalised by the government in their efforts to promote the right to education. It is contended that SEAM is unlikely to deliver positive outcomes given that it involves the restriction of a range of human rights. Finally, the article also identifies several other criticisms of SEAM.

Keywords: Conditional Income Support, School Enrollment and Attendance Measure (SEAM), Human Rights, Indigenous peoples

Suggested Citation

Bielefeld, Shelley and Bielefeld, Shelley, Conditional Income Support Under Seam: Human Rights Compatibility Issues (January 13, 2014). Shelley Bielefeld, ‘Conditional Income Support under SEAM: Human Rights Compatibility Issues’ (2013) 8(9) Indigenous Law Bulletin 17-21, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2378248

Shelley Bielefeld (Contact Author)

Griffith University - Griffith Law School ( email )

Nathan Campus, GU
Nathan 4111
Australia

School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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