The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that although we are rightly proud of our Human Rights Act, we are concerned that it does not contain an accessible complaints mechanism. The Human Rights Act was drafted to protect individuals against violations of their human rights by government and government agencies but fails to provide an accessible way to make complaints about breaches.
- enable a complaint about any breach of the Human Rights Act to be made to the Human Rights Commission for confidential conciliation, and
- if conciliation is unsuccessful, enable a complaint about a breach of the Human Rights Act to be made to the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal for resolution.
This would transform the Human Rights Act from being a largely theoretical document, to one which members of our community can use to ensure their human rights are protected.
You can sign the petition up until 10 November 2021 at: https://epetitions.act.gov.au/CurrentEPetition.aspx?PetId=189&lIndex=-1