The report says:
"The committee recommends that the Human Rights Bill 2018 be passed."
The Government can now pass our Human Rights Bill into law in parliament.
The Committee received almost 300 submissions. The submissions demonstrated overwhelming community support for a Human Rights Act.
During the public hearing, people who know Queenslanders are not always treated fairly told the Committee that a Human Rights Act would improve things. Scott McDougall, Anti-Discrimination Commissioner said:
"In the course of my career, before I came to the commission I worked for a long time in the community legal service sector and I would have come across literally hundreds, if not thousands, of clients who could have benefited from a human rights act in Queensland."
In the ACT and Victoria, where human rights laws have been in place since 2004 and 2006, people have been saved from eviction into homelessness, people with disability have asserted their rights to access the resources and things they need to live a life with dignity and new laws and policies have been shaped with human rights in mind.
It’s time for a NSW Human Rights Act.