Aims

Rights Australia campaigns for more effective protection of human rights in Australia, and aims to bring to the community’s attention situations where:
• human rights are being neglected and abused;
• lives could be improved if human rights were protected;
• support can be given for better and lasting protection of human rights.

Through the contributions of a large support base, we plan to:

• Sustain a campaign for long term change;
• Assist with the current human rights challenges in Australia; and
• Provide a loud and sensible voice in the media on the issues which need a human rights perspective.
Our vision

We declare our commitment to create an Australia where;
• Everyone has a widespread understanding of their basic human rights;
• These rights are monitored and protected against the actions or neglect of government;
• The quality of our lives is enhanced by the knowledge that these standards exist and can be enforced.
What rights do we mean?

We speak of the fundamental rights and dignities which are part of the human condition, to which all people are entitled equally, but which are protected or observed in different ways in different parts of the world. We speak of universal rights, applied to our everyday lives, which are not determined by our nationality or our citizenship.

In Australia, our current economic prosperity blinds many of us, and our governments, to the weakness of the laws which protect our human rights. With fading memories of the human misery which drove the world to adopt and enhance the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; with faith in the various human rights, anti-discrimination and equal opportunity commissions; and with a belief in the elusive “fair go”; we have let our standards slip.
Why does it matter?

Every day there are too many examples where people in Australia are denied their lawful human rights and as a result are living disadvantaged lives in unnecessary hardship.

Too many people have been detained for too long without judicial review; too many children suffer from curable, untreated disease; too many children don’t get primary schooling; too many people wander the streets without care or treatment; there is too much interference in our lives by Government; too little respect for our rights and dignity. We have lost so many of the checks and balances of our democratic system, and even our High Court has said it cannot protect our inherent rights against bad laws.
Our mission

To bring to the community’s attention situations where:
• human rights are being neglected or abused;
• lives could be improved if human rights were protected; and
• support can be given for better and lasting protection of human rights.

To achieve this we will work in ways which are positive and uniting, not divisive or driven by fear. We will be honest and direct, as we have seen that it is not good enough to pretend that we have human rights protections, or that because some of us enjoy these rights, everything is fine.

We will remind ourselves, and our governments, that the protection of human rights is an issue for all of us.