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Yonder comes Turnbull’s republic; Bill of Rights on the bar table

How many people know there is a ‘Bill of Rights’ bill sitting on the table in the House of Representatives in Canberra which already has survived a first reading.

It is called the Bill of Rights Act, 2017, tabled by Tasmania Independent MP, Andrew Wilkie.

According to Mr Wilkie it is a bill for an Act relating to the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all Australians and all people in Australia, and for related purposes.

This bill paves the way, setting the framework for Turnbull’s republic.

Mr Wilkie is obviously unaware we already have the inalienable Bill of Rights 1688, which cannot be altered by any parliament.

“If you were not worried before you need to be very concerned now”

The objects of this Act are:

15 (a) to promote universal respect for, and observance of, human

16 rights and fundamental freedoms for all persons without

17 discrimination; and

18 (b) to that end, to enact an Australian Bill of Rights giving effect

19 to certain provisions of:

20 (i) the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

21 done at New York on 16 December 1966; and

22 (ii) the International Covenant on Economic, Social and

23 Cultural Rights done at New York on 16 December

24 1966; and

25 (iii) the Convention on the Rights of the Child done at New

26 York on 20 November 1989;

27 being guided by:

28 (iv) the Declaration on the Rights of Mentally Retarded

29 Persons; and

1 (v) the Declaration on the Rights of Disabled Persons; and

2 (vi) the Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of

3 Intolerance and of Discrimination based on Religion or

4 Belief; and

5 (c) to ensure that any person whose rights or freedoms as set out

6 in the Australian Bill of Rights are infringed by or under any

7 law in relation to which that Bill of Rights operates has an

8 effective remedy; and

9 (d) to promote, enhance and secure, as paramount objectives, the

10 freedom and dignity of the human person, equality of

11 opportunity for all persons and full and free participation by

12 all Australians in public affairs and public debate.

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