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Senior: 11 & 12: Unit 3: Human Rights in Australia

Modern Slavery

According to the latest Global Estimates of Modern Slavery (2022) from Walk Free, the International Labour Organisation and the International Organisation for Migration: "49.6 million people live in modern slavery - in forced labour or marriage. Roughly a quarter of victims of modern slavery are children."  This is despite the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights stating in Article 8 that: "No one shall be held in slavery; slavery and the slave trade in all their forms shall be prohibited. No one shall be held in servitude."

Task: To what extent is Australia meeting its international obligations contained in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights regarding modern slavery?

Human Rights in Australia Ebook

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Useful Databases

These are accessible on campus only. To read the replica form of most of these newspapers, click on the top bar to 'Read the paper'

To read the day's paper, scroll right to the bottom of the page, to 'Today's paper' 

Legal Databases

AUSTLII - Australian Legal Information Institute. Probably the most valuable Internet site for legal research in Australia. It publishes public legal information, and includes primary legal materials (legislation, treaties, and decisions of courts and tribunals); and secondary legal materials created by public bodies for purposes of public access (law reform and royal commission reports, for example).

 JADE - a free database of Australian legal judgements

Anti-Discrimination & Equal Opportuity Bodies / Courts and Tribunal Decisions

Useful Vocabulary for Persuasive Writing

International Human Rights Treaties to which Australia is a Signatory

The Australian government is obligated to take pro-active measures to ensure human rights are protected by providing effective remedies for persons whose rights are violated, as well as measures against violating the rights of persons. According to the Australian Attorney-General's Department, Australia is a party to the following key human rights treaties of the United Nations:

Australia has also ratified three of the mechanisms that give individuals the right to complain directly to United Nations bodies about violations of their rights. 

This is subject to Human Rights Scrutiny (Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011) where all new Bills and disallowable legislative instruments must be accompanied by a Statement of Compatibility.

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