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:
- When making laws government must have regard to human rights principles
- 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
- When deciding on legal issues that affect individuals courts must consider and uphold their human rights, and
- 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
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.Read more
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
QUEENSLAND'S HUMAN RIGHTS BILL HAS JUST 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.
Mark Braybrook reporting with 4BC1116: Queensland is in line to join Victoria and the ACT in becoming the only states or territory to have human rights legislation.
The bill will enshrine 23 human rights including equality before the law, protection from torture or degrading treatment, freedom of expression and freedom of association.
One of those who’ve led the push is Aimee McVeigh from the Human Rights Act for Qld Campaign and she tells Mark many people had not realised their basic rights currently aren’t guaranteed.
To listen to Aimee and Mark's conversation: click here
Felicity Caldwell reports for The Brisbane Times: Queenslanders will have protections for 23 human rights enshrined in law, such as freedom of expression, religion and privacy, and a right to education and health services.
Australia does not have a national bill of rights like the US, but Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory have introduced human rights laws.Read more
WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER 2018: Our Campaign Director, Aimee McVeigh, talks with with Craig Zonca and Rebecca Levingston of ABC Radio Breakfast about what a Human Rights Act for Queensland includes and the type of change that means in the lives of Queenslanders - particularly through how students with disabilities may be aided in accessing education.
To listen to Aimee's segment: click here
To listen to the full program: click here