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What use is a Human Rights Act if we can't enforce it when our rights are breached?

By Sophie Trevitt
Updated December 7 2021 - 2:23am, first published November 22 2021 - 6:25pm
MLA Marisa Patterson will table a petition calling for Canberrans to be able to make human rights complaints more directly. Picture: Keegan Carroll

The ACT is one of a growing number of jurisdictions around Australia that has a Human Rights Act recognising some of our fundamental human rights: the right to free education, the right to work and the right to privacy, to name a few. But what is the use of these rights if there is no simple, affordable way to enforce them if they are threatened?

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