A Human Rights Act for Queensland

Australians are firmly committed to democratic values and we have a strong sense of a fair go. Living in a modern democracy, we appreciate the importance of having laws that ensure all people can live in safety, in freedom, and with dignity. As such, Australians are big supporters of human rights.

Given this, it’s peculiar that Australia is one of the only western democratic nations that doesn’t have a Human Rights Act or a bill of rights. We know from experience that when human rights are not protected in law, they are always in danger of being eroded.

We think Queensland can show Australia how it’s done.

Whilst we have it good here, we shouldn’t take things for granted; it’s time to enshrine our values by protecting all of our human rights in law.

We need a Human Rights Act that clearly sets out what our human rights are, that guarantees that governments respect our rights and that provides avenues to seek justice when our rights have been violated.

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31-Jul-2016

Human rights legislation needed to protect the vulnerable

Human rights legislation need to protect the vulnerable Aimee McVeigh wrote in the Brisbane Times today that Images of young Australians being stripped and pinned to the ground, detained for days ..Read more

25-Jul-2016

"After all, what are we all fighting for?"

Australia's weird record on human rights Richard Ackland reports in the Guardian that there is a weird psychotic reaction in Australia to the very notion of human rights. Ackland says ..Read more

20-Jul-2016

It's time to take Human Rights seriously

It's time to take Human Rights seriously In a letter to the editor in today's Courier Mail, Caxton Legal Centre (https://caxton.org.au/)'s director Scott McDougall said: Professor Jame..Read more