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Submission to Free and Equal: An Australian conversation on human rights

In our submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s inquiry on the need for a national Human Rights Charter, we draw on our experience as Victoria’s independent human rights regulator and share real-life examples of how Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities has helped build a human rights culture in Victoria.

The recommendations in our submission focus on:

  • the scope of rights that should be included in a national Human Rights Act
  • how decision-makers can balance competing interests when rights come into conflict
  • what kind of pathways would provide remedies for individuals if their human rights are breached
  • the need for ongoing training to help public authorities fulfil their obligations and members of the public know what protections they are entitled to
  • the important role the Australian Human Rights Commission could play as a national regulator for human rights.
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