The Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland (ECCQ) commends the Queensland Government for introducing the Human Rights Bill 2018 to Queensland Parliament on 1 November.
ECCQ CEO Garry Page says this bill, that is expected to pass early next year, honours and protects the rights of all Queenslanders.
“This is a momentous event for Queensland as we join other common law and Commonwealth nations in upholding and protecting human rights through legislation,” he said.
“The Human Rights Bill protects our shared values, basic freedoms as well as protects a person’s right to access vital services such as health and aged care, education, justice systems and housing.”
ECCQ has advocated for a Queensland Human Rights Bill along with other Queensland peak bodies through the Queensland Community Service Peaks. Collectively the Service Peaks have been advocating for change, focused on the most vulnerable, for decades.
In a recent submission to the Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath, Mr Page wrote that extra supports, such as interpreter services and reasonable help for people from culturally and linguistically diverse CALD backgrounds is strongly supported.
“ECCQ is pleased that this Bill considers the barriers people from CALD backgrounds, many of whom have experienced some form of disadvantage.
“Importantly, this bill requires the public sector – departments, agencies and pubic services – to ensure everything they do is consistent with human rights. This sets in motion a culture that inherently considers these rights and requires assistance to those who may experience a breach of their human rights.
“I congratulate the Palaszczuk Government for ensuring basic freedoms and human dignity is better protected through comprehensive legislation. ECCQ looks forward to continuing to work with Queensland Government to ensure our CALD communities can positively participate in all aspects of Queensland life.”
Read the Queensland Community Service Peaks Priority areas for joint action here.
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