Does Australia need a Charter of Human Rights?

Does Australia need a Charter of Human Rights?

In December last year, Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland launched the National Human Rights Consultation to seek community views on human rights in Australia.One proposal of that Consultation, promoted strongly in some quarters, is a Charter of Humans Rights. Sounds fair enough, who would say a list of human rights is a bad thing.Well, ironically, there […]

By Hope 103.2Monday 27 Apr 2009Social JusticeReading Time: 1 minute

In December last year, Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland launched the National Human Rights Consultation to seek community views on human rights in Australia.

One proposal of that Consultation, promoted strongly in some quarters, is a Charter of Humans Rights. Sounds fair enough, who would say a list of human rights is a bad thing.

Well, ironically, there are a number of voices, both religious and political who warn that a Charter of Rights could lead to anything but freedom. Among them is former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr and Australian Christian Lobby head Jim Wallace.