Newsroom: Changes likely at ‘toxic’ Human Rights Commission

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A damning review into the culture of the Human Rights Commission has uncovered outdated sexual harassment policies,highly dysfunctional leadership and commissioners “barely communicating with each other”.

A clear-out of the Commission seems likely, with Chief Commissioner David Rutherford – singled out for some of the organisation’s problems – already confirming he will not seek reappointment.

Justice Minister Andrew Little asked retired Employment Court Judge Coral Shaw to carry out a review of the organisation in February, following Stuff’s reporting on concerns raised by a former intern about the Commission’s handling of her sexual harassment complaint.

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