On 27 February 2019, the Queensland Government passed Queensland’s Human Rights Act. The Government is now proceeding with the implementation of the Human Rights Act. The Act is expected to commence on 1 January 2020. The Department of Justice and Attorney General has established a Human Rights Unit, which will be primarily responsible for ensuring that government agencies understand their obligations under the Act.
As of July 1, the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland is known as the Queensland Human Rights Commission. … Read the rest
posted on 2nd Aug 2019
On 27 February 2019 the Queensland Parliament passed the Human Rights Bill.
The Human Rights Act 2019 will protect 23 rights, including the right to privacy, access to education and health services, cultural rights, and more, and is expected to commence on 1 January 2020.
The Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland will be renamed the Queensland Human Rights Commission, and continue its complaints handling, education, and training functions under the Anti-Discrimination Act . The Commission will also work to resolve human rights … Read the rest
posted on 15th Mar 2019
“Older Queenslanders deserve to have their human rights upheld, be valued and respected in our society. Particularly those who may have declining health and cognitive abilities” said COTA Queensland Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans.
So what is it?
A Human Rights Act is about the relationship between government and people. By introducing a Human Rights Act the Queensland Government is binding itself to a commitment to protect, respect and fulfil human rights.
Protections offered by a Human Rights Act will also … Read the rest
posted on 18th Feb 2019
The High Court handed down the decision to go ahead with a postal vote on same-sex marriage.
We have compiled this article to clarify what the survey is all about, and assist you to make a well-informed decision.
What are we voting on?
There has been a change in attitude towards same-sex marriage over the past decade and numerous calls to enact changes to the law that allow same-sex couples to be wed. Under the current legislation, the Marriage … Read the rest
posted on 11th Sep 2017
On the 6th of April, Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner Alastair McEwin released the findings of the national consultation, ‘Shaping our Future: Discussions on Disability Rights’.
Between October 2016 and March 2017, Commissioner McEwin and his team conducted national consultations to help guide his priorities and seek input from the disability community on how he can most effectively work to advance the rights of people with a disability.
Mr McEwin met with over 1,000 people in capital cities and regional centres … Read the rest
posted on 10th Jul 2017
All people – no matter their age, sex, colour, religion or where they live – have the same basic needs to live a healthy life. ...
posted on 10th Jul 2017
The conversation about better human rights protections for Queenslanders is on!
Professor George Williams AO has told the Human Rights Inquiry that, “Queensland stands to gain the best-drafted Human Rights Act in the country”.
In the last few weeks A Human Rights Act for Queensland has seen constitutional law expert, Professor George Williams AO and the Human Rights Law Centre recommend that Queensland enact a Human Rights Act.
There is still time for you to have your say about the … Read the rest
posted on 5th Apr 2016
Elder abuse is a global human rights issue!
Join the Conversation
Thought leaders from the United States, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, United Kingdom and Belgium will lead discussions and challenge our opinions and knowledge on elder abuse, neglect and rights with question such as:
o Is legislation the panacea against elder abuse?
o What are the most effective evidence based elder abuse programs?
o Are legislative and administrative frameworks adequate?
o Can a rights based approach make a … Read the rest
posted on 18th Mar 2016
Human Rights Act in Queensland thanks to an inquiry launched by the Queensland Government. In December 2015, Queensland Attorney-General, Yvette D’ath announced that the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee of State Parliament would hold an inquiry to determine whether a Human Rights Act is the best way to protect human rights into the future. The committee is due to report back to the Legislative Assembly by 30 June 2016.
The ADCQ is assisting Queenslanders to understand what a Human … Read the rest
posted on 2nd Mar 2016