Elderly could soon be without an independent commissioner

OLDER Australians could soon be without an independent commissioner for their rights, after a political reshuffle at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Attorney-General George Brandis on Friday announced the changes to appointments at the top of the independent commission.

Senator Brandis re-appointed Elizabeth Broderick as Sex Discrimination Commissioner and former politician Susan Ryan as Disability Commissioner for 12 months.

But Ms Ryan, who has since 2011 been the Age Discrimination Commissioner, would not reprise the role, leaving older Australians without a figurehead for complaints of discrimination.

The latest appointments at the commission follow Senator Brandis' appointment of former Institute of Public Affairs figure Tim Wilson as Human Rights Commissioner early in the Abbott Government's term. - APN NEWSDESK

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Birthday woman punched in face in senseless attack

Byron Bay, Jonson Street
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BYRON Bay woman punched in unprovoked attack

Suspicious car fires overnight

CAR FIRE: Members of the Casino Yorklea Rural Fire Brigade attended a motor vehicle fire at 11.07pm on February 17.

Two car fires in the Northern Rivers appear suspisicous

Missing swimmer on north coast, search underway

HAZARDOUS SURF: Surf lifesavers are pleading with the public to stay out of the water this weekend after one of the biggest rescue days occurred on Saturday and swimmer is still missing on the north coast.

Hazardous surf warning and one swimmer missing

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