Submission: Modernising Queensland's archaic abortion laws

The Queensland Parliament should demonstrate its commitment to women’s health and equality by passing a bill to modernise the state’s woefully outdated abortion laws the Human Right Law Centre said in a submission to a parliamentary committee today.

The Termination of Pregnancy Bill 2018 would decriminalise abortion, respect a woman’s right to choose up to 22 weeks of pregnancy and create safe access zones around abortion clinics. 

Download the HRLC submission here

Submission: The dangers of unregulated biometrics use

The Human Rights Law Centre told a Parliamentary Committee that the federal government’s proposed new powers to undertake facial recognition identification and surveillance are dangerously overbroad, and could dramatically alter the freedom of ordinary people going about their daily lives. New laws proposed by the Department of Home Affairs would authorise the creation of a “dragnet database”, compiling images of innocent Australians – including children – from their drivers’ licences, identification cards and passport photos.

Read Part 1 of our submission: The dangerous of unregulated biometrics use (Part 1) (May 2018)

Read Part 2 of our submission: The dangers of unregulated biometrics use (Part 2) (September 2019)

Submission: Reforming Queensland's Outdated Abortion Laws

This submission responds to the Queensland Law Reform Commission's review of termination of pregnancy laws. Queensland has a unique opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to women's health and equality by comprehensively reforming the state's outdated abortion laws, which are hopelessly out of step with community standards and clinical practice. Queensland should reform its abortions laws to ensure safe and equitable access to abortion services for women for years to come and to respect women as competent decision-makers over their bodies and lives.

Download the HRLC submission here.

Submission: Response to secrecy offence amendments proposed by the Attorney-General's Department

The Human Rights Law Centre has welcomed to the government’s proposed secrecy laws put forward by the Attorney-General’s Department, but warned that significant work still needs to be done to bring the bill into line with principles of freedom of expression and open government. Following an earlier written submission and evidence to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, the HRLC has responded to these amendments in a supplementary submission to the Committee’s inquiry into the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017.

Download the HRLC submission here.
Download the HRLC's original submission here.
Read the Attorney-General's proposed amendments here.