QAI welcomes the opportunity to publicly call for a federal Human Rights Act. QAI continues to bear witness to the numerous ways in which people with disability have their rights infringed on a daily basis. Current avenues for redress provide piecemeal protection and are burdensome to navigate for the individuals affected.
While Australia has human rights obligations under various pieces of international law, in reality they are difficult to enforce and the continued absence of domestic human rights legislation undermines their impact.
The introduction of a federal Human Rights Act would provide important human rights protections for all Australians, would help to build a human rights culture in government decision-making, and would ultimately support the realisation of a truly inclusive society.
Read QAI’s submission to the Joint Committee on Human Right’s inquiry into Australia’s Human Rights Framework here: