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Endeavour Foundation CEO Andrew Donne welcomes the Queensland Government’s budget commitment to funding the administration of a Human Rights Act for Queensland.
Mr Donne said the commitment of $2.3M over four years, along with recurrent funds of $616,000 per annum, showed the state Government was serious about ensuring all Queenslanders are treated fairly and equally.
“Australia is one of very few developed nations without a Charter of Human Rights to protect the dignity and worth of each person, regardless of age, race, sex, disability, social status or any other characteristic,” Mr Donne said.
“We now look forward to the introduction of a Human Rights Act to protect the rights of Queenslanders and ensure everyone is treated fairly by the law,” he said.
“A Human Rights Act would give people with a disability an opportunity to take real action if they are treated unfairly.
“People who have been mistreated would be empowered to hold authorities to account.
“The UK, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the US all have some form of human rights protection but before now, Victoria and the ACT have been the only jurisdictions to enshrine human rights laws in Australia.
“Once a Human Rights Act is introduced in Queensland, we hope that other parts of Australia will follow suit.
“Endeavour Foundation is proud to have been part of the campaign for a Human Rights Act in Queensland.
“Thank you to the many MPs from around our state who have listened to our concerns and spoken up for human rights, enabling us to reach this important milestone.
“We congratulate the Queensland Government on leading the way towards a fair, just and equal society for all,” Mr Donne concluded.