What does the Human Rights Bill mean for you?

The Human Rights Bill has passed in Queensland, to a shower of press releases and accolades.  But what does it mean for you and your clients?

At a basic level, the Bill identifies 23 human rights, ranging from civil and political rights to economic, social and cultural rights.  It introduces a number of systems and procedures to ensure that these rights are safeguarded.

The explicit human rights recognised are:

  1. Recognition and equality before the law
  2. Right to life
  3. Protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
  4. Freedom from forced work
  5. Freedom of movement
  6. Freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief
  7. Freedom of expression
  8. Peaceful assembly and freedom of association
  9. Taking part in public life
  10. Property rights
  11. Privacy and reputation
  12. Protection of families and children
  13. Cultural rights (generally)
  14. Cultural rights (Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples)
  15. Right to liberty and security of person
  16. Humane treatment when deprived of liberty
  17. Fair hearing
  18. Rights in criminal proceedings
  19. Children in the criminal process
  20. Right not to be tried or punished more than once
  21. Retrospective criminal laws
  22. Right to education
  23. Right to health services

The biggest impact will be on the Queensland Government itself, with a number of compatibility requirements for lawmakers and new obligations for […]

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