Amnesty International facilitated over 10,000 submissions to the National Human Rights Consultation
Human Rights Act for Australia
The Australian Government has ignored the findings of its extensive public consultation process and missed a historic opportunity to implement a Human Rights Act.
In 2009, people around Australia called loud and clear for a Human Rights Act. The next step for the Rudd Government is clear - give Australians what we asked for.
Some opponents of a Human Rights Act have created various ‘myths’ about what an Act would mean for our country. Myths don’t help anyone get a handle on an issue - let’s bust them with the facts!
Last year, young people around the country called for a Human Rights Act. Join us and show Minister for Youth Kate Ellis that young people now want action - in fact, we want an action hero.
From December 2008 to June 2009, over 10,000 people made submissions to the National Consultation process through Amnesty International calling for better human rights protection in Australia.
Eyewitness accounts of a couple of the roundtable meetings organised by the Consultation Committee.
- Penrith roundtable - attended by Sophie Peer, Campaign Coordinator
- Canberra roundtable - attended by Andrew Witheford, Government Relations Manager
- The world is watching - With the Federal Government yet to respond to the National Human Rights Consultation Report, Australia walks a tightrope with our international reputation at stake.
- The human rights community in Australia - What are organisations other than Amnesty thinking about a Human Rights Act?
See our interactive world map for information on other liberal democracies that enjoy human rights protection, and how they do it.
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