This week in review - 1 November 2018

Mark Henley

Human Rights Act for Queensland

Wonderful news! Yesterday the Queensland Government introduced the Human Rights Act into parliament. The bill includes a right to life, protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, freedom from forced work, freedom of movement, privacy and reputation, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly and freedom of association.  It also provides a mechanism for complaint to the Human Rights Commission when people claim their rights are being unfairly limited.
There will be implications for the sector and the Queensland community sector peaks will be unpacking these in more detail at an event with the Attorney-General on 28 November.  I urge you to come along to this if you are able and to start preparing for this change.
It is a very exciting time and this is an incredible achievement for the huge number of people who have advocated so tenaciously for this change. QCOSS is proud to be part of this significant event in Queensland history.

SEGRA in Mackay

Last week I spoke at the SEGRA Conference in Mackay. It was perfect timing for QCOSS because we had hosted the Changing Lives, Changing Communities in Mackay just the week before. I spoke about the importance of place-based approaches which, for regional Australia, is particularly important. The place-based and community readiness work QCOSS is doing through the Changing Lives, Changing Communities and QCOSS Place Based Action Plan are pivotal to see the successful implemnatation of this work and approach across the state. If you haven’t already made yourself familiar with the resources developed to date, I encourage you to take the time to do so. More details are below about the upcoming forums.

AGM and Peter FitzSimons

The QCOSS AGM is on next Tuesday and I urge you to come along if you can. We will have the pleasure of listening to Peter FitzSimons who will talk about the importance of stories in overcoming the dehumanisation of the narrative that is happening in some political circles, the media and the the community. This topic is very close to QCOSS’ heart and we are constantly challenging the negative narrative and providing a strong positive element focussed on people and their community. We are also excited to be able to offer a live streaming option for those of you not able to join us in person. This will be done through Adobe Connect and you can register here to get the link to join us on the day.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities Cairns

Next week we will be hosting Changing Lives, Changing Communities in Cairns. I am looking forward to it as I always do – being part of these conversations in each community is inspiring when people talk of their desires and aspirations for their community. Cairns will be followed closely by Mount Isa (13 & 14 Nov), Brisbane (28 & 29 November) and Caboolture (3 & 4 December).  In 2019 we continue, with dates yet to be set for the Gold Coast, Normanton, Woorabinda and Gladstone. I hope if you are in or close by one of those communities, you will be able to make some time to come along and listen, learn and contribute.

Portable Long Service Leave

The possibility of portable long service leave for the community sector has be raised by government for investigation. As an issue that will impact on all community services, it is one that a number of the peaks have been working on. You can read the submission Community Legal Centres Queensland, QCOSS, CSIA, ECCQ, PeakCare, QNADA, QDN and Volunteering Queensland made to the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement here.

Mark Henley

Chief Executive Officer