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April 8, 2009

Bill, Laws, Migrants, Refugees and Outlaws

Filed under: asylum seeker,human rights — Nayano @ 12:37 pm
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Wrongs, Rights and Remedies: An Australian Charter?

Wrongs, Rights and Remedies: An Australian Charter?

A Bill of Rights goes some way towards protection of human rights. It is no guarantee, however.

Personal freedoms were ‘guaranteed’ by articles of the German constitution, but  in 1851 the law of Schutzhaft was instituted in Germany to provide ‘protective custody’, independent of criminal behaviour, in order to ‘protect the security of the state’. The first concentration camps that appeared in Germany in 1923 were founded on this law.

The Australian Constitution says almost nothing about human rights, and the laws that are in place are able to be overturned at any time by and act of parliament. An Australian Bill that enunciates individual rights would provide an extra layer of protection.

The essay, Wrongs, Rights and Remedies: An Australian Charter? by Spencer Zifcak and Alison King is a must read for people who are interested in the protection of human rights in Australia.

It is available as a free download.

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