Human Rights Day 2022: A Federal Human Rights Act to Deliver Climate Justice
Against the background of Human Rights Day on 10 December 2022, the recent decision of the Land Court of Queensland in Waratah Coal Pty Ltd v Youth Verdict Ltd provides an illustration of the potential for human rights enshrined in law to be mobilised in claims for climate justice.
‘Not my king’: do we have the right to protest the monarchy at a time of mourning?
During the present period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II, public sensitivities in the United Kingdom and Australia are high. There’s strong sentiment in both countries in favour of showing respect for the queen’s death. Some people may wish to do this privately. Others will want to demonstrate their respect publicly by attending commemorations and…
There’s never been a better time: Enhancing the protection of human rights in Australia
Given that the Australian landscape appears ripe for increased protection of human rights: What are the human rights priorities in Australia?
COVID vaccination mandates do not contravene Australia’s human rights laws
By AAP FactCheck, expert commentary by Maria O’Sullivan and others WHAT WAS CLAIMED COVID-19 vaccination mandates are at odds with the 1986 Human Rights Commission Act OUR VERDICT False. Experts say the legislation in question does not have any relevance to vaccine mandates in Australia. Queensland Liberal National Party (LNP) senator Gerard Rennick says there are human…
Interstate human rights jurisprudence confirms the certainty and coherence of the Victorian Charter, but we can learn a thing or two from Queensland
The Supreme Court of Queensland recently delivered a landmark judgment (the Owen-D’Arcy judgment) on the operation of the Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld). The HRA is Australia’s most recently enacted human rights statute joining those already in force in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory. These human rights statutes mark a change from the traditional…