Protections for all Australians?
HUMAN RIGHTS ACT
Earlier this month, the Australian Human Rights Commission launched its proposed model for a national Human Rights Act, following recommendations found in a comprehensive position paper published in December.
This model, the Commission says, would ensure legal protections for the fundamental rights of all Australians and provide avenues for redress where people’s rights are breached.
“People’s human rights matter, all of the time, but this does not hold true in Australian law. We need to change that by introducing a national Human Rights Act.
If there were ever a time to do so, it is now – as public awareness of human rights has been reignited through the ramifications of COVID-19 safety measures, the administration of the robodebt scheme, and the impacts of artificial intelligence on decision-making, to name just a few.”
The position paper highlighted the complete lack of oversight and scrutiny underpinning COVID-19 directives:
Yet, the ‘conspiracy theorists’ were mocked for highlighting all of these points in real-time as it happened.
A comprehensive Human Rights Act would have allowed us to push back against these unprecedented injustices.
Australia is the only liberal democracy that does not have a charter of rights, and we currently enjoy very few legal protections for their basic rights. Victoria, Queensland and ACT have state-based Human Rights Acts, but they are limited in reality.
I mean, Victoria.. World’s longest lockdown.. Come on now.
Our Constitution, contrary to some beliefs, does not ensure freedom of speech. In fact, legislative pieces like Queensland’s infamous 18C actually impose restrictions on freedoms for dangerous concepts like ‘hate speech‘.
Now, the country’s leading group for human rights is now calling on the government to protect human rights.
“We should expect that Parliament and public servants will actively consider the human rights impacts of decisions they make, and there should be consequences if they fail to do so.”
A refreshing proposal to see from an industry that became a laughing stock during COVID-19 lockdown periods.
But I still remain sceptical that this will be picked up, or that there won’t be some type of agenda behind this push.
INDUSTRY LACKING CREDIBILITY
While this is a good thing to see now, I must ask the question: Why are they so late with their calls?
Every human right, no matter how supposedly “fundamental”, was swatted away in ‘dealing with COVID’.
All governments have dealt with COVID in a manner that totally ignored any appeals to human rights and instead have been guided by only one coherent moral objective: ‘the greater good’.
During this brutal assault on the human rights of every Australian, there was not been a whimper from the human rights industry – not even a “save human rights” Twitter hashtag.
The only right exercised was the right of silence.
If rights discourse had the sparsest intellectual rigour, it would have provided a pathway for dealing with the myriad conflicting interests presented by the pandemic. Protection of all parties.
This would of included the need to protect people, while at the same time recognising the importance of liberty and the need for work and education.
Instead, these organisations have been totally impotent in solving anything.
So, why on Earth should we trust them now? Is this just posturing to save their laughable track record?
Do they know that the government will just brush off such a call for protections?
Australia has been ranking increasingly lower on human rights scores in recent years.
I won’t hold my breath for anything soon, although I am hopeful there is some progress.
But as we know, ‘progress’ isn’t always the best thing either.
One thing that caught my eye about the Human Rights Commission report was the constant use of the word “equality”.
The very theme of the push is modelled around the theme “Free + Equal”:
I am always a little suspicious when the word “equal” is used in any major setting these days.
For as we know, the push for ‘equality’ has become nothing more than a propaganda experiment in groupthink to produce a thoughtless slave class that doesn’t criticise the ruling powers.
If — and that is a strong ‘if’ — the Albanese government decides to entertain the idea for a national Human Rights Act, we better watch out for what kind of cultural marxist agendas would be slipped in under the guise of ‘human rights’.
And, by the time we finally get ‘human’ rights protections, we will also need ‘transhuman rights’ as well.
But, as I said, let’s hope someone is finally out there hoping to do good for society.
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