Currently, human rights in Australia are protected in different ways. Unlike most other similar liberal democracies, Australia has no Bill of Rights to protect human rights in one single document. Instead, some rights can be found in the Constitution, our common law and legislation which includes acts passed by the Commonwealth Parliament or State or Territory Parliaments.
Australia was the first country to give women rights in a federal election and also the rights to be elected to parliament a natural basis. South Australia was first in 1895, the first voting day for South Australia in 1896. In 1877, in South Australia Catherine Helen Spence was the first woman to stand as a political candidate. Then it was Western Australia in 1899 to vote for woman. In office from 1 July 1947 to 24 May 1971. The Honourable Dame Annabelle Rankin was the second woman member of the Australian Senate and first woman from Queensland to sit in the Parliament of Australia. Henrietta Augusta Dugdale was an Australian feminist who started the first female suffrage society in Australasia. Her campaigning resulted in women's rights
It was a very important subject in the time as well as now. Allowing women to vote was the start of allowing women to have equal rights to men. For years women have been subjected to living under the rein on men, meaning they had to do whatever the men thought was right for women to do. Things such as only being a housewife and looking after the children was the main thing women were allowed to do because thats what was deemed normal by men.
The workplace discrimination against women is one aspect that Australian legal systems have achieved the responsiveness for society and individuals. The legal system provides women with a formal and enforceable means of redress to correct discrimination. The legal systems have implemented many laws to diminish women workplace discrimination. There are three main laws that the legal system have achieved justice for society and individuals, the laws are Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (CWTH), Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) Equal Opportunity laws and The Affirmative action plan Act 1989 (CWLTH). Assessing Positives and negatives to the responsiveness of the legal system that Australian parliament have made or passed.
When is comes to gender there are many things that are not fair to mostly women but there are some inequalities when it comes to men as well but there are very few. Gender inequality doesn't only happen in the United States but it also happens in many other countries. In other countries women are mostly treated unfairly. In Australia, men get paid 18.2% more than women do weekly. Gender inequality doesn't only happen when it comes to education or workforce but it also happens when it comes to rights, everyday life, health care,and many other gender inequalities.
"When any society says that I cannot marry a certain person, that society has cut off a segment of my freedom." - Martin Luther King Jr, 1958. This provocative statement, in reference to interracial matrimony during the fight for black civil rights in America is unfortunately once again significant, however this time in reference to marriage equality in Australia. The failure of the law to allow all couples regardless of sex to marry, and furthermore refusal to acknowledge marriages conducted overseas, is a disgrace to the nation supposedly know as accepting of difference and intolerant to discrimination.
The Change of The Rights and Freedoms of Australian Women Over The Past 100 Years
The values of social work include service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. Including these values in one’s social work practice will in most cases create rather successful results. Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people will be the focus of this paper. The Equality Act will also be discussed because it is a policy being pushed to create federal non-discrimination laws for LGBTQ people. This then poses the question, will the passing of the Equality Act into law decrease discrimination against LGBTQ people? To answer this question the five dimensions of social policy and change will be discussed.
In April 1997 the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) released a report which was the result of the National Enquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families. The outcome of this enquiry was a number of recommendations made to begin the reparation necessary for a unified Australia. For this essay the recommendation 9(b) will be explored as far as the impact and relevance within the Australian community and the education system, specifically within the Counselling profession. The Bringing Them Home Report recommendation 9(b) has positively influenced the way education of the forced removal of Indigenous Children is implemented into tertiary studies. This essay will begin by exploring the segregation and forced assimilation of Indigenous peoples which commenced in the late 1800’s and continued through until 1970 under various Acts in place under the Australian Government. Then it will discuss how government policies and practices have been shaped by the Bringing Them Home Report and the impact this has had on Indigenous Australian peoples and Torres Strait Islander peoples and their communities, including the ongoing effects to the current day. Finally it will explore how the Counselling profession can benefit from educating undergraduates on the effects of forcible removal.
The purpose of this report is to draw attention to the importance of marriage equality in an Australian context. The purpose of this report is to encourage lobbying and advocacy, while also educating through discussion with members of the Australian community and relaying the importance of equality. This report hopes to generate discussion with government officials ideally resulting in cooperation at federal and state levels to ensure equality is experienced for all.
My grandmother has spent many years in the Middle East, working on the sick because she was a doctor. While she was there she had to escorted by her husband to go to work. Also, people were harsh towards for the way she dressed. In the Middle East such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the government has the ability to decide what the citizens get to know what's going in the world. Also, women do not have the same rights and they are not educated. In America, we get the privilege and the right to know what's going on in the world and women have equal rights as men. I am very glad I have the privilege to be equal as every else unlike many people in different countries around the world.
Human rights in Australia have largely been developed under Australian Parliamentary democracy, and safeguarded by such institutions as the Australian Human Rights Commission and an independent judiciary and High Court who apply the Common Law, the Australian Constitution and various other laws of Australia and its states and territories. Universal voting rights and rights to freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination are protected in Australia. As a founding member of the United Nations, Australia assisted in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and it is signatory to various other international treaties on the subject of Human Rights. Australia is the only democratic
All over the world, races are still treated as inferior, even here in Australia. Though they officially and legally have the same rights as all other people, the Indigenous are still discriminated and mistreated. I have personally heard several stories about acts of racism towards Aboriginal individuals of whom I have met. The two men whom I met described the history of the indigenous people before and after the British arrival, giving me and others a first person view of life for their eyes, under the thumb of illegal and inconspicuous racism. But not all Aboriginals are treated so poorly, intentionally or otherwise. One of the greatest crisis befalling our country in the poverty in the Aboriginal communities of Australia. I am not saying that it is the fault of racism in the 21st century, but because of racism in the 20th. Because of their treatment as inferior, the indigenous people have been and still are suffering; health problems, social prejudice and housing. Of course, people are trying to stop this, to clean up the messes of our political predecessors, but others aren't. There is no one person to blame for all of this, but there is something. Discrimination towards someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior, or, racism. It changes people. It ruins lives. It creates conflict that can forever shape the lives of those
Across the world, countries such as New Zealand and Canada recognise their Indigenous cultures in their respective constitutions. Indigenous Australians don’t have this same treatment, with there being no mention of indigenous peoples in the Australian Constitution. Currently in all forms of Australian Government, there is a formal ‘Acknowledgement of Country’ before proceedings, though this remains a formality rather than a necessity. The Australian Government also introduced the Native Title Act (1993), which repeals the title of ‘Terra Nullius’ (no-man’s land) that was given to Australia at the time of British discovery. The Native Title Act also presents a process in which Indigenous Australians can make claims onto land that they can prove to be culturally significant to their respective tribe or community. Furthermore, ‘Sorry Day’ and ‘Reconciliation Day’, which are both nationally recognised events that commemorate and pay respects to the Indigenous people mistreated in the past.