Australia is the only liberal democracy in the world without domestic human rights legislation (variously called a Charter, Act or Bill). Moreover, every attempt to enact such legislation has precipitated vigorous public debate, frequently led by Christian groups.
Why is it that Australia, a country well-known for its international human rights advocacy, has been so reluctant to follow its peers on the domestic level when it comes to human rights reforms?
Why is it that sections of the Church have been so vocal against reforms aimed at protecting the vulnerable & needy?
This seminar examines the recent history of domestic human rights debate and asks whether Australia should re-consider human rights legislation or continue to go it alone.
Rev Angus McLeay is an Assistant Priest at St Hilary’s Kew, Melbourne. Originally from Sydney, he co-founded a rock band which later toured Australia for 5 years playing in venues from maximum security prisons to outback pubs. More recently he established a food wholesale business in the hospitality sector which supplies meals for guests in accommodation around the country. In 2009 Angus began a human rights advocacy & education organisation called IsaiahOne (incorporated), which offers a Christian analysis of domestic human rights debates. He sits on the board of a variety of organisations including the Melbourne Anglican Diocese’s Social Responsibilities Committee and Ethos. Angus and his wife Fiona live in Hawthorn, Melbourne & admit to being foodies who do their best riding off restaurant meals on bike rides along the Yarra River.
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