The Commission supports the adoption of a statutory charter of rights (a Human Rights Act). A Human Rights Act would provide a statement of the rights that should be protected for all people in Australia. It would also set out how the rights should be protected. It would give particular responsibilities for protecting rights to the Parliament, the executive and the courts.
Over time, a Human Rights Act would assist in creating a human rights culture in Australia, especially if it was accompanied by a comprehensive education campaign. Politicians, public officials and judges would be better educated about Australia’s international human rights obligations, and would become familiar with taking human rights considerations into account in their everyday decision-making processes. Members of the Australian community would be more aware of their own human rights and the rights of others.