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
Attorney General Announces Tabling of Queensland Human Rights Act at Community Legal Centres Queensland State Conference
Brisbane, October 29, 2018 -- Today the Attorney General has announced that Queensland's Human Rights Act will be tabled this week. After the bill is tabled it will go to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee for community consultation and, all going well, the bill should be passed by early 2019.
Aimee McVeigh, coordinator of the Human Rights Act for Queensland campaign says:
"This is an historic moment in Queensland. The bill means that Queenslanders will have their rights to be treated fairly, equally and with dignity protected in law. It also means that when our rights are not respected, we can complain to a Human Rights Commission."
Queensland's Human Rights Bill will be the first in Australia to allow people who claim their rights have been unfairly limited to make their complaint to a Human Rights Commission. Ms McVeigh says:
"The ability to make a complaint means that Queensland's Human Rights Act is likely to be more accessible and practical than the human rights laws that exist in Victoria and the ACT."
This is a time to celebrate for all Queenslanders. We are so close to having our rights protected in law. We are so close to a fairer and more equal state.
The push for a Human Rights Act for Queensland is a grassroots movement of Queenslanders wanting a fairer and more equal state for all of us.
We have teamed up with Queensland Council of Social Service to bring together a community event where Queensland's newly appointed Anti-Discrimination Commissioner Scott McDougall and a panel of campaigners and experts will talk to us about what a Human Rights Act will mean for Queensland.
This free event will be held on 22 November from 6 - 8pm at Souths Leagues Club, West End.
Be quick - spaces are limited!
In the past few weeks people throughout Queensland have been emailing their MP to tell them they want a fairer and more equal Queensland. They've received responses. MPs are telling Queenslanders that their Human Rights Act is around the corner - they say it will be introduced this year.
We've been told the same thing.
This year there are three more weeks when the Queensland Parliament will sit. This means that the bill must be introduced in the next 5 weeks - they haven't got much time left.
With the way politics work, the reality is if the Queensland Government hasn’t introduced a bill to create our Human Rights Act this year, things will slide. Promises are easily forgotten.
Time is running out, we need to let our MPs know we're watching by sending them an email today.
Thank you to QUT Law for hosting an incredible event alongside the campaign
For their wrap up of the event, as well as a recording of the expert panel's discussions and images from the evening:
On September 19, the campaign for a HRA4Q is teaming up with QUT Law School, Queensland Council of Civil Liberties and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights to offer an event discussing where our Human Rights Act is, what it might contain, how it will be of benefit and how the push for this important reform can be sustained.Read more
This morning's Courier Mail reports that more than $2 million will be handed to Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Commisson to help it administer a yet-to-be introduced Human Rights Act for the state.Read more