Mon. 3 Dec 2018, 12:00 pm

Queensland set to introduce a Human Rights Act


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Queensland is soon to be the third Australian jurisdiction with a statutory bill of rights after the Queensland Government introduced the Human Rights Bill 2018 (Qld) to Parliament on the 31st October.  23 human rights are protected in the Bill.

The Bill is modeled on the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act and, if passed, will require the Queensland Parliament to consider whether new laws are consistent with human rights. It will also require courts and public entities (government agencies and organisations that perform a public function) to act and make decisions consistently with human rights.

As part of the move the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland (ADCQ) will be rebranded as the Queensland Human Rights Commission and will take complaints from members of the public.  Scott McDougall was recently announced as the new Commissioner at the ADCQ.

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