CHARTER (or Bill) of RIGHTS: CLA believes the nation should have one, and so should each state and territory. Only the ACT (2004) and Victoria (2006) have such laws. Below are links to information on bill of rights in Australia, and throughout the world.
CLA’s policy – Charter of Rights
There are no codified guarantees of fundamental liberties under Australian law. CLA believes Australia should have a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities, like the European Convention on Human Rights, or the NZ Bill of Rights. There should be a court where the rights and responsibilities of less-powerful Australians can be established, quickly and at little cost.
Australia’s First Bill of Rights – A comprehensive ongoing coverage of the debate by the Australian National University
- Prof. George Williams speaking at the CLA AGM 5 Apr 08 -see Annual Reports.
- Prof Hilary Charlesworth at Sydney Institute 22 Jul 08 – Democtratic Objections to a bill of rights.
- Prof James Allen – Occassional Senate Lecture 4 Apr 08- Siren Songs and Myths in the Bill of Rights Debate