Victorian Charter of Human Rights
Tuesday, 25 July 2006 (Melbourne):
The Victorian Parliament passed the Victorian
Charter of Rights and Responsiblities. The Charter
will take legal effect from 1 January 2007. Victoria is the
State to enact a Bill of Rights.
Tuesday, 20 December 2005 (Melbourne):
The Attorney-General of Victoria, Mr Robb Hulls, announced
that Victoria will introduce a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.
This will make Victoria the first Australian State to introduce
a Bill of Rights (the ACT is a territory, not a State). The
Victorian Charter will follow the UK and New Zealand models.
After a period of community consultation, the Victorian
Human Rights Consulation Committee released its final
report on its inquiry into
whether Victoria should adopt
a Bill of Rights.
CCL encourages Victorians to embrace
a Bill of Rights
1 August 2005 (Sydney): The New
South Wales Council for Civil Liberties today released its submission to
the Victorian Human Rights Consulation Committee's inquiry
into whether Victoria needs a Bill of Rights. CCL encourage
the Victorian Parliament to be bold & to embrace a Bill
of Rights model that would offer effective protection of the
rights and freedoms of its citizens and theat would strengthen
its democratic institutions.
ACT Human Rights Act
Australia's First Bill of Rights
Tuesday, 2 March 2004 (Canberra): The Parliament
of the Australian Capital Territory, a self-governing Australian territory,
passed Australia's first Bill of Rights. The Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT)
will help to protect such fundamental rights as freedom of expression,
religion and movement.
Read the Human
Rights Act 2004 (ACT).
Read the Chief
Minister's media release.
the Chief Justice of the ACT says about the Human Rights Act.
Read the report
on community consultation about the Bill of Rights. (size: 546K)
Tasmania to consider Bill of Rights
9 February 2006 (Hobart): Tasmanian
Attorney-General, Ms Judy Jackson, has announced that Tasmania
will examine options for protecting human rights. One of those
options involves legislating a Human Rights Act.
has asked the Tasmanian
Law Reform Institute to consult the
public on the issue.
You can read CCL's
submission to the inquiry into a Tasmanian
Charter of Rights, which argues that Tasmania should examine
the Canadian experience closely. In Canada they have a constitutionally-entrenched
Charter of Rights which both respects parliamentary sovereignty
and allows the courts to strike down legislation that violates
In May 2007, the Western Australian Attorney-General, Jim
McGinty, announced a community consultation on whether WA
needs a Human Rights Act.
You can read more on the WA
Human Rights Act website.
Queensland Rejects a Bill of Rights
In November 1998, the Queensland Legislative Assembly's
Legal, Constitutional and Administrative Review Committee recommended
a Bill of Rights to protect everyone in Queensland.
report was called: ‘The
Preservation and Enhancement of Individuals’ Rights
and Freedoms in Queensland: Should Queensland Adopt a Bill