Friday, 22 August 2008

Push for federal charter of human rights

High Court Judge Justice Michael Kirby has again called for Australia to adopt a charter of human rights.

Justice Kirby made the remarks in response to a commitment by the Federal Government to consider the issue last year.

Victoria and the ACT have already adopted their own charters of human rights.

Justice Kirby told the Law Institute of Victoria he expects a similar charter to be accepted at a federal level.

"What we all have to do is to try to understand the ... what it's like to wear other shoes," he said.

"And essentially that is what a fundamental charter and principles encourages people to do."

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