Melbourne Event: 'Right Time - Why We Need an Australian Charter of Human Rights'
Australia is the only western democracy without a Charter of Human Rights or an equivalent legal protection. What’s holding us back?
For this discussion at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre for books, writing and ideas, three panellists – Kristen Hilton, Teela Reid and Gillian Triggs – will discuss the growing push for a federal Charter of Human Rights. Hosted by Lee Carnie from the Human Rights Law Centre, they’ll outline glaring problem areas in Australia’s human-rights record and make a case for legally enshrined and protected rights for all Australians.
What can we learn from the existing charters in Victoria and ACT? What real-life and practical difference would a Charter of Human Rights make for everyday Australians? And, with successive Australian governments showing a sometimes lax attitude towards our international human rights obligations, what reason is there to believe that things might things be different under a charter?
Book your spot here via the Wheeler Centre.
6.15pm-7.15pm, Monday 17 June 2019. The Wheeler Centre. 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000
This is a free event, but bookings are essential.
We recommend arriving early to secure your seat.
Kristen Hilton is the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.
Teela Reid is a proud Wiradjuri and Wailwan woman and lawyer practicing in criminal, civil and administrative law.
Gillian Triggs is former president of the Australian Human Rights Commission and is now chair of Justice Connect.
Lee Carnie is a senior lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre advocating for equality law reform and a national Charter of Human Rights.