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

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

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