In the public interest.
I have had the experience where I am not regarded as equal and my treatment varied.
I have had democratic rights like the right to a fair hearing subverted.
I have not been able to access advocacy or parity due to not having income and the defunding of public advocates.
I have experienced misogyny which proscribed a mindset that females are biologically fixed and equality was not desirable.
I have experienced inequality before the law, deception from lawyers and a biased Judge.
I have experienced ineffective regulators either refusing to take a complaint or finding a loop hole to indicate they cannot pursue the matter. Appointment of regulators must not be by a government as there is a risk of politicisation or picking persons who are not impartial.
I have experienced legislative technicalities used to prevent access to superannuation under severe hardship. It was evident that if one was not officially recognised (no matter the poverty) they are not given access to the same rules as those complying.
I have witnessed corruption and rorting and a disregard for the most vulnerable who are not given full information, forced to sign contracts and thus negating Constitutional rights.
I am particularly concerned for the most vulnerable people who do not have an education to understand what is being done, no awareness of basic rights or fair treatment or are beaten down by the violence and discrimination inherent in the system. They lose hope and give up. Those in severe poverty or homeless are in weakened positions, suffering intensely and cannot defend themselves or gain substantive support for their plights. Basic services may be there but there is a lack of empathy and respect at the lower socio-economic levels.
A Bill of Rights is essential to ensure the health and safety of civilians.
Creating an Australian Charter of Human Rights & Freedoms will benefit the whole community.
It will help prevent human rights violations, provide a powerful tool for challenging injustices and foster a culture of understanding and respecting human rights.
A Charter of Human Rights will do two Key things:
Governments must consider people’s human rights when creating new laws and policies and also when delivering services – like aged care, Medicare, disability services, and education funding.
People can take action and seek justice if their rights are violated.
Ideally we’d like to see all of our human rights protected in the Australian Constitution, but even without a referendum, the Australian Parliament can still introduce a Charter of Human Rights at any time.
This means if we join forces to show our politicians that communities all over the country want values like fairness, compassion and equality properly protected, then we can transform Australia’s human rights landscape – we can give people the power to take action when their human rights are violated.
The Human Rights Law Centre is currently writing an Australian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities that would protect in law all of the fundamental human rights set out in the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The task of the campaign is to make it a reality!