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The Case for A Human Rights Act

Article by Aimee McVeigh for the Courier Mail

The new Bill will offer a lifeline to those who may fall through the cracks of society and will need it the most

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Queensland Human Rights Bill Public Hearing Summary

Did you miss the Public Hearing for the Queensland Human Rights Bill?

  • Check out a helpful summary of poignant quotes from those who gave evidence on the day, here.
  • To watch the Public Hearing in full, click here.

Human Rights Act will not improve Queenslanders' lives overnight

By Bridget Burton & Melody Valentine for the Brisbane Times

Queensland’s new human rights law is almost here. Within the proposed Human Rights Act is a complaint mechanism. It gives the Queensland Human Rights Commissioner responsibility to try to facilitate agreements between government entities and people who have experienced a breach of their human rights. Government entities include government departments, state education and health services, the police, correctional services, and (in a more limited way) courts and tribunals

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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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