The Right Way – A dialogue about a Human Rights Act for Queensland

posted on August 21, 2015 The Right way

It is time for the introduction of a Human Rights Act in Queensland. Queensland’s unique single house parliamentary system leaves us exposed to the misuse of government power. A Human Rights Act would protect Queenslanders and improve Queensland’s system of government. Victorians and residents of the ACT have enjoyed the protection of human rights laws … Read More >>

A Conversation about Refugee Protection – presented by the La Trobe Law School and La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University

posted on August 21, 2015

The major political parties have joined together to convince us that asylum seekers must be prevented from coming to Australia. However, they have not explained why asylum seekers attempt to come to Australia in the first place or what the consequences of Australia’s deterrence policies might be for asylum seekers and countries in the region. … Read More >>

NSW Brothels must be accessible to people with disabilities

posted on August 20, 2015

Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is pleased to make a submission to the NSW Legislative Assembly Select Committee inquiring into the regulation of brothels in NSW. The regulation of brothels considers many human rights concerns, including the rights of people with disabilities. The right to sexual expression and equal choice are fundamental human rights … Read More >>

UNITY the film

posted on August 11, 2015

Finally the day has come UNITY (the follow up documentary from acclaimed director of EARTHLINGS) is playing nationally in select cinemas for one off event screenings from tomorrow.  See for session times. Trailer:  

Data retention…do the ends justify the means?

posted on August 10, 2015

The new data retention laws have caused quite a stir in both the legal community and the public at large. Since the passing of these laws (with support from both sides of politics), many have questioned whether these laws would be effective in stoping terrorist threats and whether they go too far in compromising our … Read More >>

ALHR member speaks on the ethics of supply chains

posted on August 9, 2015

Brynn O’Brien, a consultant on the human rights responsibilities of businesses, is on the federal government’s Supply Chains Working Group and an ALHR member. She spoke with Michael Williams on Radio National about the transparency of supply chains in food, clothing and other products. Listen here.  

ALHR submits that Australian Citizenship Amendment (Allegiance to Australia) Bill 2015 (the ‘Bill’) amending the Australian Citizenship Act (the ‘Act’) not be adopted

posted on August 8, 2015

In July 2015 made a submission on the Bill to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (attached).  ALHR believes that Australia should deal with its citizens under its own laws and not put terrorists or other criminals beyond the reach of Australian law. Australia has legal obligations pursuant to United Nations Security Council … Read More >>

United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards 2015

posted on August 7, 2015

Nominations are now open for the 2015 United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) Media Peace Awards. The Media Peace Awards is a prestigious National Awards Program that recognises journalists, producers and editors, who seek to promote the understanding and awareness about humanitarian and social justice issues in our society and stimulate public debate. Nominations close 5pm Friday … Read More >>

Traditional Rights and Freedoms – Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws (Interim Report)

posted on August 7, 2015

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has been asked to identify and critically examine Commonwealth laws that encroach upon ‘traditional’ or common law rights, freedoms and privileges. In the attached Interim Report, the ALRC analyses the source and rationale of many of these important common law rights and provides an extensive survey of current Commonwealth … Read More >>