Why we need an Australian Charter of Human Rights (Wheeler Centre) [Melbourne]
Monday June 17, 2019 - 6:15 PM
The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Kim Saxton & Linda D'Ornay
Language/ Cultural Consultant:
About the Show
Australia is the only western democracy without a Charter of Human Rights or an equivalent legal protection. What’s holding us back?
For this discussion, we’re bringing together three panellists – Kristen Hilton, Teela Reid and Gillian Triggs – to discuss the push for a federal Charter of Human Rights. Hosted by Lee Carnie, they’ll outline glaring problem areas in Australia’s human-rights record and make a case for legally enshrined and protected rights for all Australians.
What can we learn from the existing charters in Victoria and ACT? What real-life and practical difference would a Charter of Human Rights make for everyday Australians? And, with successive Australian governments showing a sometimes lax attitude towards our international human rights obligations, what reason is there to believe that things might things be different under a charter?
Join our panellists as they discuss what we owe each other, and ourselves, in terms of protecting our fundamental rights.
Presented in partnership with the Human Rights Legal Centre.
This event will be Auslan interpreted.