Bill of rights


Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT)

Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic)


Andrew Byrnes, Hilary Charlesworth and Gabrielle McKinnon, Bills of Rights in Australia: History, Politics and Law (UNSW Press, 2009)

Megan Davis, ‘Chained to the Past: The Psychological Terra Nullius of Australia’s Public Institutions’ in Tom Campbell, Jeffrey Goldsworthy and Adrienne Stone (eds) Protecting Rights without a Bill of Rights: Institutional Performance and Reform in Australia  (Ashgate Publishing, 2006)

George Williams, A Charter of Rights for Australia (UNSW Press, 2007)

Journal Articles

Louise Chappell, ‘The Australian Bill of Rights Debate: Putting the Cart Before the Horse?’ Australian Review of Public Affairs: Digest, 12 August 2002

Other Resources

ACT Human Rights Act Research Project website

Human Rights Law Resource Centre Caselaw Database website

Hume City Council, Social Justice Charter (2007)

Graeme Innes, ‘A Human Rights Act for Australia’ (Speech delivered to the Queensland Charter Group, Brisbane, 6 March 2009)

Debra Jopson, ‘National Salvation Lies in Bill of Rights, Says Law Expert’, The Sydney Morning Herald (online), 21 June 2002

Michael McHugh, ‘A Human Rights Act, the Courts and the Constitution’ (Speech delivered at the Australian Human Rights Commission, Sydney 5 March 2009)

Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission, ‘Talking Rights: Consulting With Victoria’s Indigenous Community About the Right to Self-Determination and the Charter’ (Report, 2011)

George Williams, ‘Legislating for a Bill of Rights Now’ (Speech delivered at the Department of the Senate Occasional Lecture Series, Parliament House, Canberra, 17 March 2000)

George Williams, ‘A Federal or State-Based Bill of Rights for Australia?’, Online Opinion (online), 15 November 2000

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