Disability advocacy group Spinal Life Australia has welcomed the Queensland Government’s announcement of funding for a Human Rights Act for the State, as part of the 2018-19 Budget.
The Anti-Discrimination Commission has been allocated funding of $2.3 million over four years, in addition to $616,000 per year in ongoing funding, for the operation and administration of the new Act.
Spinal Life Australia Chief Advisor – Government, John Mayo, said the Act was aimed at protecting the rights of all Queenslanders, including people with a disability.
“We have been campaigning for the introduction of this Act for many years, as we want to ensure that all human beings are protected and receive the same rights no matter who they are,” he said.
“There is some legislation in place to prevent discrimination in different areas such as transport, however this Act will encompass all human rights and improve equity and inclusion in the community.
“We would like to see this eventually lead to the creation of a nationwide Human Rights Act, so there are no discrepancies between states.”
Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory are currently the only states that have legislation in place for human rights.
Around $200,000 will be allocated to the Anti-Discrimination Commission’s office over two years, including for IT upgrades that are needed to support the Act as well.
Spinal Life has been part of a group that has collaborated on a campaign for a Human Rights Act for Queensland, along with lobbying directly to the State Government.
To read our submission in response to the 2016 parliamentary inquiry for a Human Rights Act, click here.