It is with great pleasure that I introduce the
, which will assist governmentdepartments with the development o policiesand programs that are consistent with humanrights standards.The Charter was passed by Parliament inJuly 2006. It reects the government’scommitment to uphold the civil and politicalrights o Victorians and take those rights intoconsideration in decision making.The Charter acknowledges that rights are notabsolute and can be reasonably limited. Themechanisms in the Charter provide an openand transparent way or government to balanceindividual rights against each other as wellas against other competing public interests.The
were developed throughan extensive consultation and review processinvolving representatives rom each governmentdepartment, Chie Parliamentary Counsel, VictorianGovernment Solicitor’s Ofce, the Solicitor-Generaland other human rights experts.This important document explains the practicalapplication o the Charter or legal and policyofcers and identifes the content o the rightsthat are protected. I encourage policy ofcersand program managers to use the
to help ensure that legislation, policiesand programs are developed consistently withthe Charter.The Charter now plays a key role in policydevelopment within government. Since 1 January2007, all new legislation has been developed withregard to the rights set out in the Charter and newlaws have required a statement o compatibility toadvise Parliament on whether a Bill is compatiblewith the Charter rights.Since 1 January 2008, the Charter has requiredcourts and tribunals to interpret laws consistentlywith human rights as ar as that is possible with theirpurpose. Public Authorities are also required to actin a way that is compatible with human rights.Finally, I acknowledge the work o the HumanRights Unit in the Department o Justice indeveloping the
which Ihope will make an important contribution to thedevelopment o a human rights culture acrossthe public sector.
THE HON. ROB HULLS MPDEPUTY PREMIER AND ATTORNEY-GENERALVICTORIA
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