Queensland Law Society

Human Rights Bill for Queensland

Queensland Law Society has joined much of the state in welcoming the historic passing of the Human Rights Bill 2018 in Queensland Parliament yesterday (WED 27 FEB).

QLS President Bill Potts said that discussions around human rights legislation had been around for a long time, with very intense debate throughout.

“We applaud the Parliament on passing this Bill, and throughout the debate, our solicitors put forth both for and against views,” he said.

“QLS formed a working group twice, with experts in the area firstly to discuss the proposal and then a second time to review the Bill and make relevant submissions.”

Mr Potts explained that the Bill would ensure respect for human rights across 23 areas, including freedom of expression, protection of families and children, recognition and equality before the law and the right to education and health services, to name a few.

“This Bill adds to already existing rights, and will lead to the creation of a Queensland Human Rights Commission which will enable Queenslanders to raise their concerns about human rights breaches from public entities.

“QLS and the solicitors of Queensland will always support good law for the public good, and we thank our working group members and solicitors who provided their feedback on this important piece of legislation.”

Queensland’s Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath has said that the legislation would create a “modern, fair and responsive” state.

Mr Potts said that the Society would continue to consult on key new and amended legislation for the good of Queenslanders.

“This is just one more step in the right direction for our state, and we look forward to continuing our work with the Parliament on future legislation.”