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Australia's human rights scorecard: joint NGO submission on behalf of the Australian NGO Coalition

Aboriginal legal status and laws Human rights First Peoples constitutional recognition First Peoples treaties Australia

This report was written in collaboration with human rights experts across Australia, and has been endorsed, in whole or in part, by over 200 Australian NGOs. It represents the collective knowledge of Australia’s leading NGOs on the current state of human rights in Australia and will inform the four yearly review of Australia’s human rights record by the UN Human Rights Council.

Key Findings/Recommendations:

  • Australia must hold a referendum to revise the Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' rights, remove racist elements and include an anti-discrimination clause. Australia must establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander elected representative Voice to Parliament and establish a Makarrata and Truth and Justice Commission to develop a treaty with the First Peoples of Australia.
  • Australia continues to fail to fully incorporate its international human rights obligations into domestic law. An Australian Charter of Rights would help ensure decisions and actions of our governments meet their obligations and are guided by values like fairness, equality and dignity.
  • Positive statements by the Prime Minister condemning racism and the Australian Government’s multicultural statement are undermined by policies which threaten social cohesion and prevent culturally and linguistically diverse people from fully participating in the Australian community.


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