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Public space

Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that public space should be a resource that all people are and feel welcome to use, with respect for the right of others to use it as well.

Community Legal Centres Queensland supports article 12.1 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, that everyone lawfully within the territory of a State shall, within that territory, have the right to liberty of movement and freedom to choose his or her residence.

Community Legal Centres Queensland promotes

  • reduction of the number of instances and means by which individuals can be sanctioned for creating a public nuisance;
  • training and education of stakeholders regarding the acceptable uses of public space and appropriate methods of dealing with unacceptable behaviour in a non-discriminatory way;
  • tolerance of various behaviours in, and limitation of local government authorities’ power to restrict the use of, public spaces;
  • Respect for rights to peaceful assembly for democratic free expression.

Listed below are a range of research papers, submissions, news articles and items of interest that provide additional information on this subject area.