A Human Rights Act for Australia
It is a matter of considerable regret that in 2001 the renewed calls for a bill of rights to be included in the Constitution were ignored.This paper covers the attempts that have been made since Federation to include a Bill of Rights in the Constitution and also outlines the arguments against a bill of rights including the existing protections of rights through the common law and parliamentary sovereignty. The paper submits that Australia is suffering as a result of going against the international trend to include a bill of rights in the Constitution.Australia’s failure to include a bill of rights in the Constitution is regrettable because Australia can ill afford to fall behind the rest of the developed world.
Malcolm, D. K. (2006). A human rights act for Australia. University of Notre Dame Australia Law Review, 8, 19-30.