Human rights in focus

This page contains information about recent developments and issues in human rights.


Human Rights Bill 2018

The Queensland government introduced the Human Rights Bill 2018 into parliament on 31 October. The Parliamentary Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee will conduct an inquiry into the Bill and report to the Parliament by 4 February 2019. Members of the public will also be able to make submissions to the Committee to express their views about the Bill. Submissions must be made by 12pm on 26 November 2018.

If you are interested in making a submission on the Human Rights Bill, you can attend one of the Commission’s free information sessions to learn more about the bill and how to make a submission. There are also a range of resources and information products available to help you understand the Human Rights Bill.

If you are unable to attend an information session you can view the presentation below:

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Timeline: 25 years of the Act in Queensland

The timeline attempts to capture the significant milestones in the Anti-Discrimination Act's twenty-five year history, as well as marking the contributions of individual people to the law, as litigants, as advocates, and administrators.

In the timeline you will find entries for significant cases, events, legislative developments, and contributions of individuals.

Access the timeline: 25 years of the Act in Queensland.


Reflecting on 25 years of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991

To mark 25 years of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 , State Library of Queensland and the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland asked activists, politicians, community advocates, social justice professionals, and everyday Queenslanders to share their thoughts about the impact of the Act, and personal and community stories of challenge and triumph against discrimination. This compilation is a selection of those responses.  Each of the individual stories follow.

View Reflecting on 25 years of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 - compilation. Link to external websiteRun time is 4:34 minutes.

Cocks v State of Qld

Kevin Cocks, Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, shares a poignant personal story of his fight to enter with ease, dignity and respect one of Queensland's most iconic buildings, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. Cocks’ resilience and tenacity to advocate for and protect the rights of people with impairments and mobility issues led to a significant change in the Building Code of Australia.

View Cocks v State of Qld. Link to external website Run time is 7:07 minutes

A woman's right

Women in Queensland have every right to live and work free from discrimination. Change in community attitudes influenced by anti-discrimination legislation has brought about significant cultural change. Yet, the struggle for women’s rights continues. Neroli Holmes, Queensland''s Deputy Anti-Discrimination Commissioner, and Kerriann Dear from Working Women Queensland, share their thoughts on how far Queensland has come in fostering a society free of sex discrimination and how important it is for all Queenslanders to keep up the momentum.

View A woman's right.Link to external website Run time is 6:44 minutes.

A clear message

When the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 was amended in 2002 to include gender identity and sexuality as attributes, it sent a clear message that discrimination against and vilification of LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex) Queenslanders would not be tolerated. Today, members of the LGBTI community celebrate such recognition while continuing the struggle for equality. Evie Ryder from Open Doors and Matilda Alexander from the LGBTI Legal Service give an insight into the challenges faced by the LGBTI community and the journey towards a more tolerant Queensland.

View A clear message.Link to external website Run time is 4:23 minutes.

The Chai Community

The Chai Community is more than a gathering of like-minded women from the Gold Coast – it is an inspiring community story of individual responsibility and belonging. Formed in response to negative reactions to the building of a mosque in Currumbin, The Chai Community meets regularly to learn, share ideas, and drink Chai. Ishrat Abdool, Ree Ali, and Lesley Bryant, three members of The Chai Community, share their journey of understanding and how with the help of the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland they are bringing about change in their local community.

View The Chai Community.Link to external website Run time is 5:44 minutes

Building a case to Act

The Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 was one of Queensland’s most important laws to be passed as part of major legal reform undertaken by the Goss Labour Government in the early 1990s. The Act was a game-changer that would influence the way Queenslanders lived, worked, and interacted. 25 years later, what was the impact of the Act and is anti-discrimination legislation enough to protect human rights in Queensland? Dean Wells, Barrister and former Queensland Attorney-General (1989-1995), The Honourable Yvette D’Ath, Queensland Attorney-General (2015-current), and Aimee McVeigh, Campaign Coordinator for A Human Rights Act in Queensland, reflect on 25 years of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 and its relevance to all Queenslanders.

View Building a case to Act.Link to external website Run time is 8:37 minutes.

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