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It's done

Our Human Rights Act was passed into law by the Queensland Parliament on 27 February 2019.

History has been made - our act is the most broad reaching and accessible human rights law in Australia.

The Human Rights Act protects our rights to freedom, respect, equality and dignity. The law says we all have the right to access health care and our children have the right to access an education.

If we experience human rights issues, we will be able to complain to Queensland's Human Rights Commission. Our complaint will be listened to and properly considered. 

Queenslanders have come together to make this a reality, they've met with MPs, written letters, organised and attended events, donated money, participated in online advocacy, written submissions, given evidence, talked to their friends and family, used their faces, voices and ideas and together we've built a movement that has led to our rights being protected in law.

The Attorney General and the Queensland Government should be commended for taking this historic step towards a fairer state.

Today is proof that together we can make a difference and that fairness and equality are values that our community will continue to safeguard.

 


4 pm today

Today, at Parliament House in Brisbane, Queensland's Human Rights Act is likely to be passed into law.

Members of the Human Rights for Queensland campaign team expect that the bill will be passed at around 4pm.

This is an historic moment in Queensland's history, following many years of advocacy, inquiries and consultation.

Queensland's Human Rights Act will protect our rights to freedom, respect, equality and dignity in law.


27 February - expect our Human Rights Act to pass into law

The notice paper outlining the business of the Queensland Parliament today tells us that the Attorney General will make her second reading speech about the Human Rights Bill today.

If nothing goes wrong, we can expect our Human Rights Act to become law tomorrow.

The Queensland Government has taken this historic step in response to our movement of people who want our rights to freedom, respect, equality and dignity to be protected in law.

Tomorrow, at Parilament House in Brisbane Queensland will become the third Australian jurisdiction where Human Rights are enshrined in law.


The report is out - time for our rights to come home!

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee has just published their report about Queensland's Human Rights Bill.  

The report says:

"The committee recommends that the Human Rights Bill 2018 be passed."

The Government can now pass our Human Rights Bill into law in parliament. 

The Committee received almost 300 submissions. The submissions demonstrated overwhelming community support for a Human Rights Act.

During the public hearing, people who know Queenslanders are not always treated fairly told the Committee that a Human Rights Act would improve things. Scott McDougall, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner said:

"In the course of my career, before I came to the commission I worked for a long time in the community legal service sector and I would have come across literally hundreds, if not thousands, of clients who could have benefited from a human rights act in Queensland."

In the ACT and Victoria, where human rights laws have been in place since 2004 and 2006, people have been saved from eviction into homelessness, people with disability have asserted their rights to access the resources and things they need to live a life with dignity and new laws and policies have been shaped with human rights in mind.

 


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

Click here for the full article.

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


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