supports a Human Rights Act for all Australians
The NSW Council for Civil Liberties supports a constitutionally-entrenched
federal Bill of Rights for all Australians. The Council also
supports the interim measure of instituting a statutory Human
Rights Act: to encourage a rights culture in Australian; and
to provide Australians with the opportunity to become accustomed
to the idea of a Bill of Rights.
Australian law, as it currently stands, does not protect even
the most fundamental rights that Australians assume they have.
For example, the law does not fully protect freedom of religion
or freedom of speech. A Bill of Rights, however, will protect
these fundamental rights and freedoms.
On our website, you can learn more about:
Does Australia Violate Human Rights?
Yes, it does. The UN Human Rights Committee has found on several occasions
that Australia has breached the fundamental human rights of
people living in Australia. And without a Bill of Rights, Australians
can only complain to the UN, not to Australian courts!