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Advocating for reform of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights

Advocating for reform of the Victorian Charter of Human Rights

By Administrative Law and Human Rights Section

Human Rights 

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The Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) has written to the Attorney-General to advocate for progress in the review and reform of the Charter of Human Rights and Resposibilities Act 2006 (VIC) to improve human rights protections in Victoria and ensure all new legislation introduced by the government adequately protects human rights

The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) (the Charter) performs a vital role in protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of all Victorians and must be subject to ongoing review to ensure it continues to meet the needs of the community.
 
The LIV welcomes the government's July 2016 commitment to support 45 of the 52 recommendations in the 2015 Review of the Charter and the subsequent work done towards the implementation of some of the recommendations. However, the LIV is concerned many of the recommended reforms have not yet been implemented, despite the government's commitment.
 
The LIV submits there are still significant improvements, including legislative reform, which must be made to ensure the Charter is more accessible, effective and practical. The Charter provides a unique vehicle for the protection and promotion of human rights in Victoria, articulating rights and protections belonging to all Victorians in a democratic and inclusive society. The LIV wishes to ensure that Victoria, as one of the first states to introduce human rights legislation in Australia, maintains its reputation as a leader in this area.
 

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Administrative Law and Human Rights Section
E: ALHRSection@liv.asn.au
P: (03) 9607 9445

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