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Discrimination

Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that all unfair forms of discrimination are unacceptable and that all individuals are entitled to equal rights and treatment. 

Community Legal Centres Queensland supports such international anti-discrimination instruments as the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, as well as other documents which endorse equality of rights and outcomes. 

Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates

  • the implementation and enforcement of strong and explicit human rights standards, ultimately through a Charter of Rights;
  • Community education supported by the State Government aimed at reducing the occurrence of discrimination.
  • The endorsement of a perspective of anti-discrimination, of striving for equal protection and equal rights, respecting the dignity and worth of all our citizens.
  • Support of the consolidation and expansion of the existing Federal anti-discrimination legislation into a single Equality Act.
  • for adequate funding so that aggrieved persons can obtain legal advice and representation to seek redress through existing Complaints systems
  • support for a strong law reform agenda to increase protection of human rights
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Open letter: Australia must retain strong and effective protections against racial vilifications

PDF icon Open letter: Australia must retain strong and effective protections against racial vilifications
In a joint letter sent to the Attorney-General on International Human Rights Day, more than 150 organisations from all around Australia (including Community Legal Centres Queensland) highlight the critical role that the Racial Discrimination Act has long played in combating racial hatred and protecting individuals and groups against discrimination and hate speech.

Community Legal Centres Queensland response to Freedom of speech (repeal of s.18C) Bill 2014 exposure draft

PDF icon Community Legal Centres Queensland response to Freedom of speech (repeal of s.18C) Bill 2014 exposure draft
Community Legal Centres Queensland generally supports the existing provisions in the Race Discrimination Act, and section 18C provides an important protection. We recommend that the section be amended to codify the common law position, that only those acts that have ‘profound and serious effects’ are unlawful under section 18C. This is generally consistent with the threshold under Queensland law, which Community Legal Centres Queensland supports. If some amendments are to be made, we recommend that exemptions can only apply to acts done reasonably and in good faith. We support broadening the Bill’s definition of vilification to include inciting serious contempt or severe ridicule and broadening the definition of intimidate to include emotional or psychological intimidation. The ‘reasonable person’ test should give some consideration to the circumstances of the act and the particular vulnerability of the target of the act.