Queensland’s 14 community sector peaks support the introduction of a Human Rights Act for Queensland
We strongly support laws that ensure fairness and equality for all Queenslanders. For the coalition of 14 peaks, a Human Rights Act for Queensland is priority issue for 2018, and we welcome the Government’s commitment to introduce legislation this year.
A Human Rights Act will mean all Queenslanders are treated fairly – particularly for people who experience vulnerability, with whom our members work.
The Palaszczuk Government has committed to legislation modeled on Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. We look forward to working constructively with Government to ensure Queensland’s Human Rights Act means that people who have been mistreated can hold authorities to account.
As well as enshrining human rights in law, a Human Rights Act would also provide important social, economic and cultural benefits. The key benefits are:
- improving law making and government policy
- improving public service delivery
- protecting marginalised Queenslanders by addressing disadvantage
- contributing to the development of a human rights culture
- creating and adding economic value
- assisting to fulfil Australia’s human rights obligations
- ‘bringing rights home’ by enabling human rights complaints to be heard and determined within the State of Queensland.
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Benefits of a Human Rights Act
A Human Rights Act will help to create a fair, just and equal society for everyone.
When human rights are protected by law they help to ensure that we are all treated fairly, and with dignity, equality and respect.
To demonstrate how this might be applied a number of case studies have been prepared by the Human Rights Act for Queensland campaign. They look specifically at how different groups of people may benefit from this act. The case studies include looking at the applications for:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- children and young people