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