Protecting Rights Without a Bill of Rights: Institutional Performance and Reform in Australia

1st Edition

Jeffrey Goldsworthy

Routledge
Published November 29, 2017
Reference - 358 Pages
ISBN 9780815391203 - CAT# K344654

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Summary

Australia is now the only major Anglophone country that has not adopted a Bill of Rights. Since 1982 Canada, New Zealand and the UK have all adopted either constitutional or statutory bills of rights. Australia, however, continues to rely on common law, statutes dealing with specific issues such as racial and sexual discrimination, a generally tolerant society and a vibrant democracy. This book focuses on the protection of human rights in Australia and includes international perspectives for the purpose of comparison and it provides an examination of how well Australian institutions, governments, legislatures, courts and tribunals have performed in protecting human rights in the absence of a Bill of Rights.

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