ALA urges QLD Government to pass Bill of Rights legislation
5th Feb 2019
The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA) welcomed the Queensland Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee’s recommendation to pass the Queensland Bill of Rights saying that the legislation is expected to improve the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in society.
“We welcome this report and encourage the government to take steps to pass the Bill as quickly as possible,” said Mr Greg Spinda, QLD State President, ALA. “All Queenslanders will benefit from having their rights protected in law and we would like to see the legislation in place as soon as possible.
“Based on the experience in Victoria and ACT, people with disabilities, those facing homelessness, the elderly and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in particular will benefit from the legislation.”
The Queensland Bill of Rights will ensure that public authorities are required to consider the impact on everyone’s human rights when making decisions and developing legislation.
“Human rights laws are positive and effective mechanisms for safeguarding the dignity and well-being of everyone," said Mr Spinda. “These laws ensure that everyone’s rights are properly protected and people have the power to hold governments to account.
"We encourage other states and territories, and the federal government, to consider the broader introduction of these types of laws.”