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What a Human Rights Act would do for Queenslanders

Aimee McVeigh writes in the IBrisbane Times (13.10.15) that a Human Rights Act for Queensland would show people their government cares.

‘A Human Rights Act is an ordinary piece of legislation – it is not a US Bill of Rights that would mean that judges can interfere with the parliament’s law-making powers and it won’t mean that Queenslanders have the right to bear arms.

Human rights legislation has changed things for people in Victoria and the ACT.

Former Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls says it has:

  • Meant better accessibility on public transport;
  • Given older same-sex couples access to superannuation benefits;
  • Meant that the right to a fair hearing has been better enforced;
  • Saved single mothers, elderly people and people with disability from eviction; and 
  • Meant something as simple as a man living with disability in shared supported accommodation was finally allowed access to his own mail and a woman in residential care had her right to privacy when showering better protected.

‘A month ago the Queensland Government committed to holding a parliamentary inquiry into the issue of a Human Rights Act for Queensland.’

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