Right Time: Why We Need an Australian Charter of Human Rights

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
17 June 2019
Author / Presenters: 
Lee Carnie, Gillian Triggs, Teela Reid, and Kristen Hilton

This event is booked out but will be live-streamed – see below for details.

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, we’re bringing together three panellists – Kristen Hilton, Teela Reid and Gillian Triggs – to discuss the push for a federal Charter of Human Rights. Hosted by Lee Carnie, 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 be different under a charter?

Join our panellists as they discuss what we owe each other, and ourselves, in terms of protecting our fundamental rights.

Presented in partnership with the Human Rights Law Centre.

Readings will be our bookseller for this event.

This event will be Auslan interpreted.

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Right Time: Why We Need an Australian Charter of Human Rights