Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights
In our submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s inquiry on the need for a national Human Rights Charter, we draw on our experience as Victoria’s independent human rights regulator and share real-life examples of how Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities has helped build a human rights culture in Victoria.
About the submission
The recommendations in our submission focus on:
- the scope of rights that should be included in a national Human Rights Act
- how decision-makers can balance competing interests when rights come into conflict
- what kind of pathways would provide remedies for individuals if their human rights are breached
- the need for ongoing training to help public authorities fulfil their obligations and members of the public know what protections they are entitled to
- the important role the Australian Human Rights Commission could play as a national regulator for human rights.