Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) is under review to ensure it is keeping up to date with the changing needs of society. An alliance of Queensland lawyers and advocates with expertise using the Anti-Discrimination Act to advance human rights has developed a 10-point plan for a fairer Queensland.
Queensland’s Anti-Discrimination Act was written 30 years ago. At the time it was world-class human rights law and represented a shift in the way we chose to live together in this state. A lot has changed in this time and some aspects of the law have now fallen behind contemporary standards. The Queensland Human Rights Commission is currently reviewing the Anti-Discrimination Act. This review is an opportunity for Queensland to again have world-class equality laws.
The alliance of Queensland lawyers and advocates has scoured other jurisdictions and pooled their many decades of collective experience to find better solutions to the biggest problems with our current anti-discrimination law.
They hope to empower other community workers, lawyers, individuals and groups to engage with the review process. This 10-point plan is available for others to use or refer to when engaging with the review. The more voices there are calling for similar reforms, the better chance we have of seeing a fairer Queensland.