National Human Rights Consultation Report

The National Human Rights Consultation aimed to seek a range of views from across Australia about the protection and promotion of human rights.

The consultation process included sixty-six community roundtables, three days of public hearings and comments taken from more than 35 000 submissions.

The National Human Rights Consultation Committee handed its report to the former Attorney-General on 30 September 2009.

The full report is available for download below:

Part one: Introduction

  1. The Consultation: an overview [DOC 623KB]
    The Consultation: an overview [PDF 770KB]
  2. The community's views [DOC 613KB]
    The community's views [PDF 642KB]
  3. Rights and responsibilities [DOC 426KB]
    Rights and responsibilities [PDF 478KB]

Part two: Rights and responsibilities in Australia

  1. Which rights and responsibilities? [DOC 366KB]
    Which rights and responsibilities? [PDF 536KB]
  2. Are human rights adequately protected and promoted? [DOC 544KB]
    Are human rights adequately protected and promoted? [PDF 486KB]

Part three: Reform options

  1. Creating a human rights culture [DOC 246KB]
    Creating a human rights culture [PDF 353KB]
  2. Human rights in policy and legislation [DOC 184KB]
    Human rights in policy and legislation [PDF 302KB]
  3. Human rights in practice [DOC 391KB]
    Human rights in practice [PDF 404KB]
  4. Human rights and Indigenous Australians [DOC 402KB]
    Human rights and Indigenous Australians [PDF 425KB]

Part four: A Human Rights Act?

  1. Bill of rights debates: a historical overview [DOC 89KB]
    Bill of rights debates: a historical overview [PDF 184KB]
  2. Statutory models of human rights protection: a comparison [DOC 110KB]
    Statutory models of human rights protection: a comparison [PDF 222KB]
  3. The case for a Human Rights Act [DOC 447KB]
    The case for a Human Rights Act [PDF 431KB]
  4. The case against a Human Rights Act [DOC 295KB]
    The case against a Human Rights Act [PDF 414KB]
  5. Practical considerations for a Human Rights Act [DOC 399KB]
    Practical considerations for a Human Rights Act [PDF 587KB]

Part five: The way forward

  1. The Committee's findings [DOC 159KB]
    The Committee's findings [PDF 283KB]

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