Human Rights forum

Yesterday Mr T and I went to Leichhardt town hall for a very interesting forum on human rights and potential human rights laws in Australia. The speakers were Rob Hulls (the Victorian Attorney-General), former Senator Susan Ryan (from New Matilda) and Julian Burnside, a very erudite human rights QC.

The New Matilda draft Human Rights Bill looks well-worth having a look at – an interesting feature of it is that the model is one in which each Bill is assessed against Human Rights laws, and if the Bill is thought to not be in accordance with the Human Rights laws, then the AG and Parliament are informed of this and they respond in whatever way they think appropriate. So it doesn’t involve Judges striking down laws.

10 Responses to Human Rights forum

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    Sacha you might be interested in looking at the discussion of it at Catallaxy some time ago. Also there is a link there to John Quiggin’s discussion of it as well.

  2. Sacha says:

    Thanks Steve – I’ll take a look at it.

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