Yesterday was a historic day for people in Queensland - the Human Rights Act passed.
QCOSS has been calling for legally enshrined human rights for some time and applauds the Palaszczuk Government for this historic law reform yesterday afternoon.
“This bill will lead to a fairer Queensland. We look forward to working with the government to ensure all people in Queensland will benefit from this historic moment,” QCOSS CEO Mark Henley says.
Alongside Queensland’s 12 community service peak organisations, QCOSS believes the introduction of the Act is crucial to create a fair, just and equal society, as well as providing important social, economic and cultural benefits.
“This Act not only aligns Queensland with signed international human rights treaties but ensures human rights complaints can be heard and determined within the State of Queensland,” Mr Henley says.
“The bill will ensure all people in Queensland are appropriately supported and not made vulnerable by systems that can so often cause people harm."
The bill will protect 23 fundamental human rights and establishes responsibilities by public entities making decisions that impact on the rights of all Queenslanders.
For 60 years QCOSS has been a leading force for social change to eliminate poverty and disadvantage.
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