Attorney-General Rob Hulls has called for a national framework for formalised human rights protection, and urged the federal Government to adopt a national model similar to the Victorian Charter.
Victoria is the frontrunner in human rights, having been the first Australian state to implement full legal protection of them in the Victorian Charter, the state’s first legal officer said yesterday.
Deputy Premier and A-G Hulls told the National Human Rights Consultation in Melbourne yesterday Victoria’s Charter was the result of careful collaboration with the entire public service, and should be followed on a national level.
Hulls cited the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission 2008 Report, which showed the Charter is having a positive effect on the development of new laws and regulations.
Hulls welcomed the federal Government’s consultation on a human rights charter, saying the involvement of the broader community in the Victorian Charter had been crucial to its success.
“We will firmly encourage the Federal Government to adopt a model similar to the Victorian Charter when we make our submission to the National Human Rights Consultation in June.”