Charters of Human Rights are about ensuring that the values we all share – like fairness, respect, dignity and compassion – are always at the heart of all government decisions, laws and policies.
And the Australian Human Rights Commission released a position paper illustrating how to make this a reality.
The Free + Equal Position Paper: A Human Rights Act for Australiaoutlines why Australia needs a Federal Charter and we’re thrilled that it’s backed up by some of the research and examples from this campaign.
The Human Rights Commission outlines that we need:
Legislated human rights at the heart of Federal Government laws, policies and services;
Legislation to cover all the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that Australia has already promised the world to follow;
Strengthened parliamentary scrutiny for human rights, along similar lines to a report this campaign released last year; and
A simple and easy way for people to enforce their rights when they are violated.