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.