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Event: The Rights Way – A dialogue about a Human Rights Act for Queensland

09-Sep-2015
Parliament House, Brisbane.

It is time for the introduction of a Human Rights Act in Queensland.

Queensland’s unique single house parliamentary system leaves us exposed to the misuse of government power. A Human Rights Act would protect Queenslanders and improve Queensland’s system of government. Victorians and residents of the ACT have enjoyed the protection of human rights laws for years. Their experience is one of improved government accountability, improved service delivery and more transparent decision-making.

Join us at Queensland’s Parliament House for a conversation about the role of a Human Rights Act in a free and democratic society.

Admission is free but bookings are essential as space is limited!

Speakers

Leeanne Enoch MP

Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation.

Leeanne will open the meeting with an acknowledgement of the Traditional Owners.

Peter Russo MP

A defence lawyer for 25 years Peter is passionate about justice and a fair-go for all. Peter was named the Australian Newspaper’s Australian of the Year in 2007 after his fearless legal defence of Gold Coast Doctor, Mohamed Haneef.

Rob Hulls

As Victorian Attorney-General, Rob instigated significant changes to Victoria's legal system which saw the establishment of the state's Charter of Human Rights. In 2012 Rob was invited to establish RMIT’s new Centre for Innovative Justice as its inaugural Director.

Karyn Walsh

Karyn is CEO of Micah Projects, a not for profit organisation in Brisbane. Micah Projects is committed to social justice through service provision and advocacy to improve the lives of disadvantaged and marginalised people, including people who are homeless.

Kevin Cocks AM

Kevin was appointed Queensland's Anti-Discrimination Commissioner in February 2011, prior to his appointment Kevin was a prominent advocate working for social justice and human rights issues for vulnerable people with disabilities.

Shane Duffy

A descendant of the Kalkadoon people from Mount Isa, Shane is the CEO of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service in Queensland. Shane has worked in the human services industry for over 25 years in the public and non-government sectors.

Aimee McVeigh

Aimee McVeigh is a lawyer who is currently involved in campaigning for a Human Rights Act for Queensland. Aimee's work has focussed on issues affecting women, children, indigenous peoples and people with disability.

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