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LIJ December 2004

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Cover Story

Shielding Human rights: Examining the need for a Charter of Rights
This Special Issue arose from the release by Attorney-General Rob Hulls of the government's Justice Statement in late May 2004. A key focus of the Statement is the need for a Charter of Rights.


Cover story

Feature Articles

Children's rights

A voice for young people
It is time the Victorian government took an holistic approach to the needs of young people and formed a Children and Young Person's Commission.

By Bill O'Shea


All genes created equal: human rights and genetics
Developments in genetic science present challenges to our privacy and anti-discrimination laws. A Charter of Rights may provide some of the solutions.

By Matt Drummond

Bill of rights a false hope
Debating human rights: Shadow Attorney-General Andrew McIntosh

Children's rights

Charting young people’s rights
There is a need for a Charter of Rights for young people, but to be effective it must be accompanied by a broad-based education program.

By Sarah Nicholson


Countering terrorism and protecting human rights
A Charter of Rights would play a vital role in providing a counterweight to the potential misuse of anti-terrorism legislation.

By Jo Kummrow


Dealing with systemic discrimination
The Victorian government can learn much from overseas schemes when implementing ways to combat systemic discrimination.

By Michael Gorton, Dominique Saunders and Matthew Carroll

High Court

Dispelling misconceptions about appellate judgments
Despite the absence of any decline in the agreement rate of the High Court, there is room for improvement in its judgment writing process.

By Cosmas Moisidis


Guardianship and administration guarding the guardians
Would a Charter of Rights add protection to guardianship matters in Victoria?

By David Sharp and Dan Horesh

Constitutional law

Human rights - it’s time

By Jamie Gardiner and Dominique Saunders

Human rights the direction for Victoria
Debating human rights: Attorney-General Rob Hulls

Native rights

Inherent rights of indigenous people - the need for recognition
Indigenous people are entitled to the fundamental freedoms that all Australians share, but their distinct rights as indigenous people should be formally recognised by Parliament in a Charter of Rights.

By Peter Seidel and Anita Coles


The Australian Capital territory leads the way with its Bill of Rights
Australia now has its first Bill of Rights - the ACT's Human Rights Act 2004. This Act will have wide-ranging implications for the way statutes are interpreted in the ACT.

By Andrew Hudson


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Chair: Gerry Bean Members:  Tony Burke, Geoff Gronow, Melissa Macken, Chris Molnar, Cameron Ross and Carolyn Ford.


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