22 May 2003

What is about Australian politicians and a bill of rights?
The ACT has published a report advocating a bill of rights. In recent years committees have advised against a bill of rights in NSW or, as in Queensland, advised in favour and had their advice rejected. If anyone had dared to mention a bill of rights at the 1999 constitutional convention I suspect the ALP and Coalition delegates would, as one, have leapt onto the nearest table and started screaming.

We are now the only democracy without any form of statutory, let alone constitutional, protection of human rights, except for strictly limited rights mentioned in the federal constitution. Why? And do not significant failures such as Woomera suggest we need one?

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