QAI MEDIA RELEASE – Human Rights Bill supported as offering welcome protection for vulnerable Queenslanders

QAI Media Release on Human Rights Bill can be found here.

Human Rights Bill supported as offering welcome protection for vulnerable Queenslanders

Leading disability advocacy organisation Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) strongly supports the introduction of a Human Rights Act in Queensland. In QAI’s submission, provided to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee (Committee) today, we confirm our support for the passage of the Human Rights Bill and call upon the Committee to recommend accordingly.

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Jack Maxwell on a Human Rights Act for Queensland

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Queensland is soon to be the third Australian jurisdiction with a statutory bill of rights. Earlier this month, the Queensland Labor Government introduced the Human Rights Bill 2018 (Qld) to Parliament. While not perfect, the Bill is a significant step forward for human rights in Australia.

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Do your human rights need to be written into law?

Emma Griffiths on Focus for ABC Radio speaks on existing Human Rights and the proposed Human Rights Act for Queensland.

"Do you have the right to send your child to school? To work in a safe environment? To be treated fairly before a court? To believe what you believe? Legislation to promote these human rights - and more - are before the Queensland Parliament. But will it make a difference to your life?"

Emma Griffiths speaks with:

  • University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law - Professor Tamara Walsh
  • QLS Human Rights Working Group and Kerin Lawyers - Mr Peter Eardley
  • Catholic Church Leading Thinker - Father Frank Brennan

Click here to listen to the full conversation

Griffith experts to prepare Human Rights Bill submission

To read Griffith Law School's finalised submission: click here

To read the Griffith News article externally: click here

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'Sixty Years' Late, but this Sensible Law is Welcome

Our national leaders have spent countless hours extolling the importance of freedom of speech and freedom of religion. However, they have failed to back their words with action. Instead, as bodies such as the Institute of Public Affairs have shown, the federal Parliament continues to pass a long list of laws that trample upon basic rights.
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UQ lawyers respond to Human Rights Act

A number of human rights experts at The University of Queensland Law School have welcomed the Queensland Government’s Human Rights legislation tabled in Parliament yesterday.

They say the reform will bring dignity, respect and fairness to the lives of many, and will complement existing human rights measures.

The Human Rights Act brings in four major reforms to Queensland:

  1. When making laws government must have regard to human rights principles
  2. Government agencies must have regard to the human rights of the people they are dealing with, especially when making important decision that affect their lives
  3. When deciding on legal issues that affect individuals courts must consider and uphold their human rights, and
  4. If you have experienced a breach of your human rights you can make a complaint about it.

Click here to hear what UQ Law experts have to say

Click here to view the finalised submission made to the LACSC

Queensland Labor unveils Human Rights Act

Jared Owens for The Australian writes: 

Queensland Labor has unveiled the nation’s most expansive human rights regime, lawyers said today, embracing the law as a potent new arsenal to advance their clients’ claims of discrimination.

Announcing the bill, Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath hoped Queensland would “send a message to the rest of Australia” including community organisations and businesses about the importance of protecting human rights.

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Queensland introduces historic human rights laws

Stephanie Smail on PM for ABC Radio talks with Yvette D'ath (Queensland Attorney-General) and Bridget Burton (human rights lawyer and director, Pro Bono Centre, University of Queensland): 

Queensland lawyers are pinning their hopes on the state's new human rights laws to deliver better health and education outcomes for people in need.

The state's first human rights legislation includes protections for 23 human rights, from freedom of expression to cultural rights.

It's not the first state to make the move, but lawyers say a complaints process make the laws the strongest in Australia so far.

To listen to their full conversation: click here

Queenslanders will soon be protected under a Human Rights Act. Here's what that means for you

Josh Bavas reporting for ABC NEWS

Key points

  • Queensland will be the third jurisdiction in the nation to introduce a Human Rights Act
  • The act replaces patchwork laws in order to protect 23 human rights
  • It is designed to enhance protection and privacy of individuals
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Our Human Rights Bill has been introduced


Just now, we have witnessed the historic introduction of a bill to protect our human rights in law in Queensland. You can read the bill here.

Our Human Rights Act will mean that we all have a right to be treated fairly, equally and with dignity. 

Queensland's Human Rights Act will more accessible and more comprehensive than the laws that exist in the ACT and Victoria.

It is fantastic that the rights to health and education will be protected alongside our civil and political rights.

Another feature of the bill is that Queenslanders will be able to complain about human rights issues to a Human Rights Commission. This is not a feature of any other human rights laws in Australia.

Our government hasn't just copied legislation from other states - they've built on it and given us stronger protections.

This is a time to celebrate. This is happening because of you and because of your support for our grassroots, community led campaign.

While this is an exciting time for Queensland, we're not over the line. The bill will now be referred to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee for community consultation before it is passed as law. We'll keep you up-to-date about how you can share your views during the consultation. 

If you want to learn more about what a Human Rights Act will mean for Queensland, hear about the consultation and show that you are part of the movement, come along to our community event on 22 November 2018.

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