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Parliamentary inquiry here we come!

15-Sep-2015

Last night at our campaign launch the Attorney General announced that the Queensland Government will refer the issue of a Human Rights Act for Queensland to a parliamentary committee inquiry during this term of government.

The Deputy Premier encouraged us "not to take your foot off the pedal” saying that the committee will need to hear from all of us about why we need a Human Rights Act and that proper community consultation is required.

The Brisbane Times has reported...

Parliamentary inquiry in to Human Rights Act for Queensland

Amy Remkins

Queensland is one step closer to a charter of human rights, with the Palaszczuk Government committing to holding a parliamentary inquiry into how the state could adopt its own bill of rights.

The call for a Human Rights Act grew louder during the Newman Government years, led by independent MP and Newman critic Peter Wellington in the wake of the then-controversial, now largely accepted, anti-association laws.

Mr Wellington took his foot off the human rights bill accelerator following Annastacia Palaszczuk's ascension to the state's top JOB, citing the "different style" of government the Labor Premier led.

But calls for legislation enshrining the rights of Queenslanders, in a similar vein to both Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory continued to gain momentum.

The Labor state conference voted in favour of the government investigating a charter of human rights, following a motion led by Peter Russo.
On Monday night, Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad confirmed the government would move a motion to kick off the inquiry, allowing the Labor ADMINISTRATION to tick off another commitment it made to Mr Wellington, ahead of securing his support in the hung parliament.

The move was welcomed by the Australian LAWYERS for Human Rights, which said Queenslanders basic rights remained unprotected under existing legislation.
"The most basic of human rights, agreed upon by the international community in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 and reaffirmed by over 170 nation-states at the Vienna World Conference of Human Rights, are still not legally protected in Australia," ALHR spokesman Benedict Coyne said in a statement."Furthermore, Queensland is the only state in Australia with a one-house parliament which means there is a higher risk of rights breaches by the government and therefore more work to do in terms of rights protections."

A Human Rights Bill, or charter, would set certain rights in legislative stone, meaning governments would have to check its legislation does not impede those rights before it can pass laws, as well as temper bureaucratic procedural policy.

The government is yet to set a timeframe on when it will refer the issue of a human rights charter to a parliamentary committee for an inquiry, only confirming that it would.


 

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