We have welcomed the introduction of a Human Rights Act for Queensland, which became law in Queensland Parliament today.
We’re optimistic the introduction of the bill will preserve the fundamental human rights of all Queenslanders, including Queenslanders with a physical disability.
“We see the establishment of a Human Rights Act as an opportunity to give a ‘fair go’ to Queenslanders and further ensure their right to access and equality in their community,” Chief Executive Officer Michael Powell said.
“Better inclusion leads to greater participation, meaning the Act has the potential to improve both the social and economic performance of people with a physical disability in the state.
“We’ve been advocating for this bill to be introduced in this state for many years and it’s fantastic to see it finally become a reality after all these years.”
The Queensland Human Rights Act recognises the protection of 23 human rights under law, including freedom of movement, property rights, equality before the law and right to education and health services.
As part of the introduction of the Act, the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland will be re-branded as the Queensland Human Rights Commission and will take complaints from members of the public who believe their human rights were infringed.
“This is a positive step towards a more inclusive Queensland that provides the same level of equality and rights for everyone, regardless of who they are or what their personal circumstances are,” Mr Powell said.
Spinal Life Australia have previously provided evidence supporting the introduction of a Humans Rights Act for Queensland during a 2016 Parliamentary Inquiry which you can read online here.