Queensland Law Society

QLS welcomes opportunity to consult on human rights

Date 31 Oct 2018
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Queensland Law Society has welcomed the introduction of a Human Rights Bill in Queensland Parliament, after having discussed the proposal for a long time with lawyers on both sides of the fence.
 
Society President Ken Taylor said that a working group has been formed to review the Bill and make relevant submissions.
 
“The Society is always eager to provide expert advice on any legislation affecting Queenslanders, and we look forward to continuing the discussions we had on this issue back in 2016,” he said.
 
Mr Taylor said that QLS had convened a working group in 2016, which had presented conflicting views at a Parliamentary Committee hearing on proposed human rights laws.
 
“In 2016, we drew together a group of experienced solicitors to form a position on human rights laws on behalf of the profession,” he said.
 
“The working group came out with two opposing views, which we presented to the Parliament.
 
“We were pleased to see the Government considering all arguments and consulting with relevant stakeholders.
 
“The ‘against’ argument focused on the Bill’s impact on Government decision making, and for those organisations who provide services on behalf of government.
 
“It also does not permit the courts to invalidate legislation for inconsistency and there is no right of action to the courts for disputes about rights between private citizens.
 
“We look forward to working on this legislation, and in putting forth our submissions for the public good.”

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For more information, contact the Public Affairs team on (07) 3842 5835 or via media@qls.com.au.