Tasmanian Liberal Party response
The leader of the Tasmanian Liberal Party, the Hon Will Hodgman MLA, provided the following response on behalf of all Liberal Party candidates in the Tasmanian Election 2018:
"Thank you for your email of 29 January on behalf of the Tasmanian Human Rights Act Campaign Committee seeking a commitment to the introduction of human rights legislation in Tasmania.
I am happy to respond on behalf of all Liberal Members and Candidates.
As previously stated, the Tasmanian Liberals do not support the introduction of a Tasmanian Human Rights Act. A re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government's priority is a long-term plan for Tasmania, which prioritises jobs, health, education and supporting the vulnerable.
Most Tasmanians are confident that their basic rights are protected and that the rule of law is strongly entrenched in our political culture. Our system of democracy contains safeguards and includes common law principles that ensure many protections are upheld by our judges applying these principles. The Australian Constitution explicitly sets out a number of rights, including the right to vote (Section 41 ), protection against acquisition of property on unjust terms (Section SI (xxxi)), the right to a trial by jury (Section 80), freedom of religion (Section 116) and prohibition of discrimination on the basis of State of residency (Section 117).
Further, the High Court has established that additional rights for individuals may be implied by the tone and structure of the Constitution. For instance, the Court found that our parliamentary democracy essentially requires a measure of freedom for individuals to express political views and debate issues.
The Tasmanian Liberal Party believes that all people should have the opportunity to advance to their full potential. We also believe in the most basic freedoms of parliamentary democracy - the freedom of thought, worship, speech and association.
Finally, I would encourage you to visit www.tas.liberal.org.au/policy for further updates on Liberal policy announcements during the election campaign."