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New year’s resolution number one – no human rights violations

Posted January 2, 2020

Community Legal Centres Queensland calls on the state government to make five new year’s resolutions concerning the Human Rights Act which became law on 1 January 2020 act.

Right to health services - This resolution will see Queenslanders having access to health care, with no Queenslander being denied access to health services based on substance use, mental health, gender or ethnicity.

Right to peaceful assembly and freedom of association - This resolution will see Queenslanders being able to voice concern over decisions, without fear of unjustified punishment or having their voices silenced.

Right to access education - This resolution will see all Queenslanders having access to the states education system, without being excluded on grounds that further perpetuate disadvantage.

Right to the protection of families and children - This resolution will see Queenslanders feeling safe and secure in their homes, without fear of violence.

Cultural rights - This resolution will see all Queenslanders being treated fairly and equitably, no matter their cultural or ethnic backgrounds where people are not afraid to express their culture.

Children in the Criminal Process - This resolution will see Queensland children not being held in detention or in police cells and restorative justice options available to assist children.

Janelle Rees, Sector Sustainably Co-ordinator, Community Legal Centres Queensland commented, “Queensland’s new legislation now requires government entities to consider a person’s human rights in every decision they make. We are calling on the government to make it their New Year’s resolution to go further than just implementing the Human Rights Act but using it to achieve cultural change for a better Queensland.’’