6) Human Rights Bill

In the event that a ‘Yes’ result is returned in the current national opinion survey on same-sex marriage, and same-sex marriage becomes law:

Answer

a) There has been some discussion concerning the introduction of a Bill to protect human rights. What is your party’s policy on this issue? How will your party ensure that such a bill gives equality to the rights of freedom of freedom of thought conscience and religion and freedom of expression so that they do not become subservient to the right of non-discrimination?

b) Specifically how will your party protect the freedom of thought conscience and religion and freedom of expression of the substantial number of Queenslanders who will not want to use their professional and/or artistic skills to be involved in same-sex marriages?

c) Section 124A of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1991, a so-called “hate speech” provision has been used recently to suppress freedom of speech.  In a free and democratic society, commentators should have the freedom to argue points of view without the threat of coercive action against them if they cause offense. Will your party commit to an examination of the impact that s124A has had on free speech and consider amending or removing this section?

Party Answer
LNP

We support the preservation of the human rights of Queenslanders, but we said publicly that we don’t support the introduction of a Human Rights Act or Bill of Rights. We believe that this would have the perverse effect of limiting the rights and freedoms of Queenslanders and while legislation should always be reviewed, existing laws are sufficient in their objective.

Issues relating to same-sex marriage are a matter for the Commonwealth Parliament.

Our anti-discrimination laws need to ensure that the fundamental rights of individuals are protected and any form of ‘hate speech’ is already outlawed in Queensland.

One Nation Still awaiting response
Queensland Labor

Following consideration of the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee’s Report No. 30, Inquiry into a possible Human Rights Act for Queensland delivered on 30 June 2016, the Queensland Government committed to developing a Human Rights Act for Queensland.

The Premier announced on 29 October 2016 that this legislation is to be modelled on the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 and will send a clear message that the Queensland Government values and protects the rights of all members in the community.

The Palaszczuk Government is working to deliver this commitment and will be engaging in consultation with stakeholders on the content. 

The Greens QLD Still awaiting response

 

Labor will introduce a Human Rights Act for Queensland based on the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic).