Queenslanders will be protected by a new Human Rights Act, ensuring freedom of speech, safety, privacy and equality.
State parliament introduced the Human Rights Act last week and is expected to be passed early next year.
Queenslanders protected by 23 rights
The new law will protect 23 human rights including:
- Recognition and equality before the law
- Right to life
- Protection from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment
- Freedom from forced work
- Freedom of thought, conscience, religion and belief
- Peaceful assembly and freedom of association
ADCQ to become Human Rights Commission
The Anti-Discrimination Commission of Queensland is changing its brand to the Queensland Human Rights Commission.
In addition, it will be the body responsible for taking complaints from members of the public and public service workers under the new system.
It will also continue to hear discrimination and sexual harassment complaints.
A breach of the Human Rights Act will not result in a criminal proceeding, but will allow complainants to take their case to the Human Rights Commission for mediation or remedy.
Queensland is the third jurisdiction in Australia to introduce a Human Rights Act, following the ACT and Victoria.
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from Human Rights Claims welcomed the new legislation.
“The Queensland Human Rights Commission will cover a whole range of issues involving human rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of association,” he said.
“We hope the Commission will be effective in negotiating satisfactory outcomes, whether that be an apology, or compensation.
“Those who experience discrimination based on sexuality, or an impairment, or race, or those who experience sexual harassment will still have their complaints handled by the newly formed Commission.”
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