Western Australia - Human Rights Bill
The Western Australian Government released a draft Human Rights Bill during 2007. A consultative committee called for submissions by 31 August 2007.
One report says that the draft Human Rights Bill "draws on both the Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT) and the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities 2006".
Salt Shakers opposed the introduction of BOTH these laws.
The official WA government website says the bill is planned in order "to foster a human rights culture within the community and Government".
It says "A consultation committee, chaired by Fred Chaney AO, will consult with the community and recommend to government on how best to protect and promote human rights in this State."
Click here for the official website.
The draft bill and Discussion Paper are posted on this website.
Dr Augusto Zimmermann has written an excellent paper opposing the Human Rights Act. He is now lecturing in law in WA.
UPDATE: May 2008
The Consultative Committee completed a detailed report and published it in December 2007.
The WA Attorney-General Jim McGinty has said the WA government will not proceed with introducing a Human Rights Act at present.
Instead they plan to wait until the national consultation on a federal Bill of Rights is completed!
REPORT: Click here to read the 400 page Report. Full report 3.7 MB.
This page goes to an index where the Report can be downloaded.
MEDIA RELEASE: Click here to read the Attorney-General's Media Release.
As an archive, the ACTION proposed for August 2007 submissions follows...
ACTION: Make a submission by 31 August 2007. . .
Please make a submission to the Inquiry - opposing the introduction of a 'Human Rights Act'.
You can make a 'submission' or answer 8 questions online.
Click here for FULL details of making a submission (letter).
Send your letter to
(Postal address at the previous link.)
Information and Articles to HELP you...
Articles and information about opposing the introduction of a Human Rights Act or Charter of Rights is posted on our website (from when we opposed the Victorian Charter of Rights). Click here.
Information about the debate on the Victorian Charter of Rights and Responsibilities Act is posted here.