Human rights in focus

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

Human Rights Act for Queensland

Queenslanders are being given the opportunity to have a say on the possible implementation of a Human Rights Act in Queensland thanks to an inquiry launched by the Queensland Government. In December 2015, Queensland Attorney-General, Yvette D’ath announced that the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee of State Parliament would hold an inquiry to determine whether a Human Rights Act is the best way to protect human rights into the future. The committee is due to report back to the Legislative Assembly by 30 June 2016.

The ADCQ has been assisting Queenslanders to understand what a Human Rights Act would mean in practice by holding free public information sessions across the state in February and March. The information sessions have now concluded.

The Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee invite written submissions to the inquiry. All submissions must address the terms of reference and be received by 4pm on Monday 18 April 2016. Information about the terms of reference and how to make a submission is available on the committee’s webpage.

You can also make a submission online via the A Human Rights Act for Queensland campaign page.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

Remembrance candles 

20 November is set aside as Transgender Day of Remembrance for those people who have died because of transgender hatred or prejudice.

The day raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender, or gender variant people, and the persistence of prejudice against the transgender community.

It is a day to mourn and honour the lives lost in anti-transgender violence, and raise the visibility of transgender and gender diverse members of the community.

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