Gray, Anthony (2009) Human rights in Australia: looking forward, looking back. VDM Verlag Dr Muller, Berlin, Germany. ISBN 978-3-639-15960-8
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The current human rights debate in Australia is a long-standing one, in the context of one of the few countries without an express bill of rights. This book discussses historical aspects of rights protection, including Diceyan concepts of parliamentary supremacy and the rule of law, before considering historical support for limits to the power of Parliament. The book discusses theoretical justifications for the power of judges to declare laws inconsistent with human rights to be invalid, including social contract theory and modern versions of democracy. In this context, comtemporary human rights issues are then considered. These include the recent laws allowing groups to be outlawed based on a politician's declaration, laws that limit the right of an accused person to jury trial, both at the national and regional level, laws that restrict voting rights, laws that restrict the ability of a person to work in different regions within Australia, and laws that allow a person to be detained based on an assessment of their future risk to society. Deficiencies in rights protection in Australia are identified and possible solutions suggested.
|Item Type:||Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)|
|Additional Information:||Unavailable in electronic format. Print copy held in USQ Library at call no. 341.480994 Gra.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||human rights; Australia|
|Fields of Research (FOR2008):||18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180114 Human Rights Law|
|Subjects:||390000 Law, Justice and Law Enforcement > 390100 Law|
|Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008):||C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940405 Law Reform|
|Deposited On:||10 Jun 2009 16:08|
|Last Modified:||16 Nov 2011 14:06|
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