All Queenslanders can have a say on possible Human Rights Act
Queenslanders will be given the opportunity to have a say on the possible implementation of a Human Rights Act in Queensland.
Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Yvette D’Ath said the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee of State Parliament will hold an inquiry into whether there should be a Human Rights Act for Queensland.
“The protection of human rights is central to the Palaszczuk Government’s values and it is an issue that many people in Queensland are passionate about and have advocated in favour of,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“The next step is to consider whether a Human Rights Act is the best way to protect human rights into the future.
“The Palaszczuk Government is pleased to be examining the possibility of a Human Rights Act for Queensland and promoting public discussion on this important matter.”
Mrs D’Ath said the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee will consider all aspects of the appropriateness of such an Act for Queensland.
“Of prime consideration will be the effectiveness of Queensland’s current laws and processes in protecting human rights,” Mrs D’Ath said. “Possible improvements to existing laws and processes will be carefully considered.”
Mrs D’Ath said the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee will consider similar legislation in other jurisdictions, as part of its review.
“For example, human rights legislation in Victoria and in the Australian Capital Territory will be closely examined,” Mrs D’Ath said.
“The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee will invite public submissions and will consult as widely as possible with community and key stakeholders.
“The Committee has been asked to report back to the Legislative Assembly by 30 November, 2016.”
Mrs D’Ath announced in September that a Parliamentary inquiry would be held into a possible Human Rights Act for Queensland.
“This is the latest step in continuing the efforts of Labor governments to ensure protection of human rights for all Queenslanders and I look forward to seeing the work of the committee,” she said.