Jesuit Social Services believes that every person living in Australia needs to have their rights and freedoms protected. For over 45 years we have taken a rights-based approach in both advocacy and provision of services for those experiencing systemic disadvantage.
Australia is the only liberal democracy in the world not to have either a Federal Human Rights Act or a Bill of Rights in their constitution, meaning that many of our fundamental rights and freedoms are not protected. This not only impacts every person in Australia, but particularly those who already experience existing barriers and systemic disadvantage.
Jesuit Social Services believes that more needs to be done to protect human rights on a national level and supports the call for the establishment of a Federal Human Rights Act in Australia. We recently responded to the Inquiry into Australia’s Human Rights Framework, led by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights where we outline five key recommendations in our submission.