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Melbourne – Does Australia need a charter of human rights?

13 August 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In the past years many Australian citizens have become alarmed about the steady erosion of human rights in their country. In recent years, the High Court has found that the indefinite detention of asylum seekers is lawful, a judgment that appears in breach of one of our most fundamental and ancient protections—no imprisonment without trial. In recent weeks, an equally fundamental idea, the protection of freedom of expression, has been called into question with Federal Police raids of two of Australia’s most significant media organisations—News Corp and the ABC. We have also gradually become accustomed to federal governments that routinely express indifference even contempt to criticism from United Nations committees charged with upholding international human rights treaties to which Australia is a signatory. How far can such laws, actions and attitudes be explained because Australia’s Constitution has no equivalent to the United States’ Bill of Rights or no Charter of Human Rights equivalent to the European Convention of Human Rights?


National Gallery of Victoria

Clemenger Auditorium

180 St Kilda Road

Melbourne, VIC 3000

$10 – $25

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13 August 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Road
Melbourne, 3000
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