An Australian Charter of Rights - Answering Some of the Critics

Australia’s approach to human rights is exceptional among western democracies, with no formal constitutional or statutory protections. In this course, the Hon Michael Kirby addresses the main arguments advanced by those who oppose the adoption of a Federal Human Rights law.

Just over five years ago, the National Human Rights Consultation Committee handed down its report into the protection of human rights in Australia. The Committee received thousands of submissions, conducted hundreds of roundtables and independent polling, which showed overwhelming public support for the adoption of a human rights law.

In its report, the Committee recommended that Australia adopt a Federal Human Rights Act, however, the Federal Government has opted not to follow this recommendation. Despite this, the national conversation about how Australia can best protect the human rights of its citizens continues, including the adoption of a Human Rights Act.

In this course, the author will provide a brief overview of the attempts to introduce a new federal human rights law in Australia. The course will then examine the main arguments that have been advanced by critics to suggest that the adoption of a new federal human rights law in Australia is unnecessary or undesirable. 

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CPD Points 1
Competency Type Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Area of Expertise International Law
Features Interactive Content, Self-Paced Completion, Access on Any Device, Receive Certificate of Completion
Author 1 The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG