Melbourne Event: 'Right Time - Why We Need an Australian Charter of Human Rights'
Monday 17 June 2019
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 – looked at the growing push for a federal Charter of Human Rights. Hosted by Lee Carnie from the Human Rights Law Centre, they outlined glaring problem areas in Australia’s human-rights record and make a case for legally enshrined and protected rights for all Australians.
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.