The Politics of Human Rights in Australia
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- Louise Chappell, University of Sydney
- John Chesterman, University of Melbourne
- Lisa Hill, University of Adelaide
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Australia has traditionally lacked a strong 'rights' culture. While fairness and equality have been proudly exalted as trademarks of the national mindset, the authors of The Politics of Human Rights in Australia argue that these same characteristics may equate to a form of cultural complacency. The book offers the first comprehensive account of Australia's protection of human rights from a political science perspective. Addressing the key debates surrounding human rights in Australia, the authors ask: Why are voting rights so critical in the Australian context? Should Australia adopt a bill of rights in an 'age of terror'? What are Australia's responsibilities to global and regional refugee crises? How can reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians be facilitated? Written by three respected academics at the forefront of their fields, The Politics of Human Rights in Australia offers clarity and insight into the complex issues surrounding the human rights debate in Australia.Read more
- The first comprehensive account of Australian human rights from a political science perspective, it addresses the key debates in Australian political debates about human rights
- Explains why Australia lacks a strong rights culture while suggesting appropriate institutional, policy and legal means for the protection of rights
- It brings together three academics working in the field of Australian politics and human rights and draws on their extensive and complementary expertise in the area
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- Date Published: September 2009
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9780511590313
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Table of Contents
1. Human rights
2. Protecting human rights
3. A bill of rights?
4. Electoral rights in Australia
5. The rights of indigenous Australians
6. Gender and sexuality rights
8. Civil and political rights in an age of terror
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