A Charter of Rights for Tasmania? Update

Jess Feehely, Brendan Gogarty, Rebecca Bradfield

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The research paper recommends that Tasmania should enact laws that better protect human rights.
The Institute’s view is that a Charter of Human Rights or a Human Rights Act should be adopted, and an independent Human Rights Commissioner appointed to better protect Tasmanians. The TLRI has made 21 recommendations and urges Tasmania to become the fourth jurisdiction in Australia to adopt human rights legislation. This Report reviews and updates the Institute’s 2007 report on human rights in Tasmania, upholding its key recommendations which included the need for a Charter of Rights.
It remains the position of the TLRI that there is a need for a Human Rights Act for Tasmania in seeking to protect human rights, develop a human rights culture across government and to frame parliamentary debate. Reviews in jurisdictions with human rights enactments have found that the introduction of those enactments, while not solving all issues that arise in relation to human rights, has resulted in the implementation of processes to build a human rights culture across government and the public sector.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTasmania Australia
PublisherTasmania Law Reform Institute
Number of pages123
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • law
  • human rights
  • charter
  • tasmania
  • Law Reform

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