The 2018 State Election will mark 10 years since the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (TLRI) recommended our State should establish a Human Rights Act.

The TLRI based its recommendation on extensive consultation and research which found that current protection of human rights in Tasmania is “partial, disconnected and inaccessible” and that State Parliament needs to pass a Human Rights Act to enhance our level of rights protection.

We, the undersigned, ask that you adopt all the TLRI recommendations and take a Human Rights Act to the election as your policy for implementation between 2018 and 2022.

We believe a Human Rights Act would:

  • set out succinctly, in one place, the rights necessary to ensure all people live with dignity and security;

  • provide recognised standards for how the government and public servants conduct themselves in dealing with Tasmanians; and

  • protect the interests of vulnerable Tasmanians.

This petition will be delivered to all candidates seeking election to the Tasmanian House of Assembly in 2018 or to the Legislative Council in 2018 (Hobart and Western Tiers), 2019 (Montgomery, Nelson and Pembroke), 2020 (Huon and Rosevears) or 2021 (Derwent, Mersey and Windemere)

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