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Why Australia needs a Charter of Human Rights: Hugh de Kretser to deliver the 2018 Higinbotham Lecture

  • Storey Hall, RMIT University 336–348 Swanston St Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia (map)
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Human rights belong to every single one of us. They embody values like freedom, respect, equality and dignity. Respect for human rights helps keep societies fair, just and equal.

Yet 70 years after the international community adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights are still not properly protected in Australian law. Australia is the only western democratic nation without a national charter of human rights or bill of rights.

It’s time to change this.

Join our executive director, Hugh de Kretser, on Thursday 20 September, where he will deliver the 2018 Higinbotham Lecture outlining why Australia needs a Charter of Human Rights and what you can do to create one.

We all know that the world is a better and fairer place when people’s fundamental rights are respected. But to make sure governments follow the rules that apply to them, we need to properly protect our human rights in our laws, so that when governments cross the line and violate people’s rights, we can hold them to account.