Tasmanian Labor Party response

The leader of the Tasmanian Labor Party, the Hon Rebecca White MLA, provided the following response on behalf of all Labor Party candidates in the Tasmanian Election being held on 3 March 2018:

"Thank you for your survey of candidates for the up-coming Tasmanian Legislative Assembly elections. I am responding on behalf of all ALP candidates in this election. Your survey asked candidates to respond to the following options:

  1. support the introduction of a Tasmanian Human Rights Act as recommended by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute in 2007;

  2. do not support the introduction of a Tasmanian Human Rights Act as recommended by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute in 2007; or

  3. have the following view about the issue:

Tasmanian Labor believe that protecting human rights is fundamental to a just, inclusive and free democracy.

Labor will commit to a Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities for Tasmanians. This charter would ensure human rights consideration in all Tasmanian law to ensure all Tasmanians are given protection and inclusion in their communities.

Human rights ensure that everyone is treated equally, with dignity and respect but although countries around the world offer protection of rights, only Victoria and the ACT have a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.  

The Tasmanian Charter will help to inform people of their rights, freedoms and responsibilities in the one document and provide a basis for action to be taken if their rights are being infringed.

The Charter will ensure that human rights are considered whenever legislation is developed. At this stage, Labor has not determined whether it will fully adopt the model recommended by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute in 2007. Rather, a Majority Labor Government will establish a Premier’s Human Rights Advisory Council made up of representation from government, human rights specialists, the community sector, advocacy groups and Aboriginal Tasmanians within the first year of the next term of government.

The aim of the Charter is to clearly list human rights and freedoms in the one place where they are easily accessed and understood and provide effective ways for Tasmanians to challenge any violation of those rights. Tasmanian Labor believes a Charter is about building a culture in which each person’s needs are placed first rather than continue with policies and practices that deny basic rights.

There are countless examples of violations of human rights across the world where a Charter of Human Rights could have made a difference, such as people being denied their rights and even employment or adequate health care on the basis of their religious beliefs or sexual orientation or age. Tasmanian Labor believe those type of violations have no place in a modern Tasmania.

Labor will continue to work with the Tasmanian Human Rights Act Campaign and the Tasmanian community regarding this important reform to ensure a fairer and more inclusive society.

I understand that you require a formal consent to be permitted, under electoral law, to report on candidate views. To this end, I consent on behalf of all Labor-endorsed candidates for the Tasmanian Human Rights Campaign Committee to publish the results of this survey during the election campaign period."

The Labor Party's election platform on human rights protection is available here: https://www.puttingpeoplefirst.org.au/charter-of-human-rights-and-responsibilities/

 
 

Responses from:

Adam Gore, Labor candidate for Bass

Alison Standen, Labor candidate for Franklin

Anita Dow, Labor candidate for Braddon

"Thank you for your letter on behalf of the Tasmanian Human Rights Act Campaign Committee.

Tasmanian Labor believe that protecting human rights is fundamental to a just, inclusive and free democracy.

Labor, and all of Labor's Candidates in the upcoming State Election are committed to implementing a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities for Tasmanians. This charter would ensure human rights consideration in all Tasmanian law to ensure all Tasmanians are given protection and inclusion in their communities.

Human rights ensure that everyone is treated equally, with dignity and respect but although countries around the world offer protection of rights, only Victoria and the ACT have a Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.

A Tasmanian Charter will help to inform people of their rights, freedoms and responsibilities in the one document and provide a basis for action to be taken if their rights are being impinged.

The Charter will ensure that human rights are considered whenever legislation is developed. A Majority Labor Government will also establish a Premier's Human Rights Advisory Council made up of representation from government, human rights specialists, the community sector, advocacy groups and Aboriginal Tasmanians within the first year of the next term of government.

The aim of the Charter is to clearly list human rights and freedoms in the one place where they are easily accessed and understood and provide effective ways for Tasmanians to challenge any violation of those rights. Tasmanian Labor believes a Charter is about building a culture in which each person's needs are placed first rather than continue with policies and practices that deny basic rights.

There are countless examples of violations of human rights across the world where a charter of human rights could have made a difference, such as people being denied their rights and even employment or adequate health care on the basis of their religious beliefs or sexual orientation or age. Tasmanian Labor believe those types of violations have not place in a modern Tasmania.

Labor will continue to work with the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute and the Tasmanian community to develop the Charter."

Response from Ella Haddad, Labor candidate for Denison

"I support the introduction of a Tasmanian Human Rights Act as recommended by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute in 2007.

"I wholeheartedly support this. I worked closely with TLRI on the 2007 consultation, continuing to lobby within the ALP for continued commitment to a charter since."

Response from Kylie Wright, Labor candidate for Lyons

"I support the introduction of a Tasmanian Human Rights Act as recommended by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute in 2007.

"I am completely in support of the Act as recommended."

Response from Tim Cox, Labor candidate for Denison

"I support the introduction of a Tasmanian Human Rights Act as recommended by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute in 2007.

"I'm proud to advocate for a new law that will see all Tasmanians given protection and inclusion in their communities, ensuring equality with dignity and respect."

Response fromZelinda Sherlock, Labor candidate for Denison

"I support the introduction of a Tasmanian Human Rights Act as recommended by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute in 2007.

"As a candidate who actively submitted the proposal for the inclusion of a Human Rights Charter, as a commitment of the Labor Party, I fully support the introduction of a THR Act."