Peter Mott, QAILS Learning and Development Officer
A Human Rights Act for Queensland
QAILS are delighted that the Queensland's Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D'Ath has announced a Parliament inquiry into whether there should be a Human Rights Act for Queensland.
Mrs D'Ath said that "this is an issue that many people in Queensland are passionate about and have advocated in favour of." The Committee will report by 30 June 2016 about whether Queensland needs a Human Rights Act and what the Act should contain. The effectiveness of Queensland's current laws and processes in protecting human rights will be considered, as well as possible improvements to existing laws.
â€œQueensland's democratic institutions need to be strengthened, and introducing a Human Rights Act is a sensible and measured response,â€ said QAILS Director James Farrell. â€œWhen governments take into account human rights then it has been shown that the laws they make, the services they deliver and the way the courts operate are improved.â€
QAILS is encouraging all Queensland community legal centres to prepare submissions for the inquiry that will take place next year and to sign up to: http://www.humanrights4qld.com.au/