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Labor welcomes human rights campaign.



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Nicola Roxon MP Member for Gellibrand

Labor welcomes human rights campaign Labor welcomes human rights campaign

The human rights debate was given a push along last week when the New Matilda magazine launched a draft Human Rights Bill. The human rights debate was given a push along last week when the New Matilda magazine launched a draft Human Rights Bill.

“This issue affects every Australian, so I encourage constituents and community groups in Gellibrand to have a look at the draft Bill and get involved in this important debate,” Nicola Roxon, Federal Member for Gellibrand said.

“This issue affects every Australian, so I encourage constituents and community groups in Gellibrand to have a look at the draft Bill and get involved in this important debate,” Nicola Roxon, Federal Member for Gellibrand said. M

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“John Howard has contempt for human rights and has done what he can to stifle discussion on the issue. The Howard Government has gutted the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and whinged about UN rights watch dogs.”

“John Howard has contempt for human rights and has done what he can to stifle discussion on the issue. The Howard Government has gutted the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and whinged about UN rights watch dogs.”

“But just because Howard is out of touch doesn’t mean the human rights debate cannot go on. It can and it must.” “But just because Howard is out of touch doesn’t mean the human rights debate cannot go on. It can and it must.”

“This debate is more important now than ever. The international environment may mean we have to give our law enforcement authorities stronger powers. But that also means we need to talk about protecting human rights to make sure those stronger powers cannot be misused against innocent people.”

“This debate is more important now than ever. The international environment may mean we have to give our law enforcement authorities stronger powers. But that also means we need to talk about protecting human rights to make sure those stronger powers cannot be misused against innocent people.”

“We can’t just keep on taking the rights we enjoy for granted. We definitely can’t trust Howard’s extreme Government to stand up for our rights.” “We can’t just keep on taking the rights we enjoy for granted. We definitely can’t trust Howard’s extreme Government to stand up for our rights.”

Ms Roxon said she was looking forward to discussing the issue with constituents and local groups. Ms Roxon said she was looking forward to discussing the issue with constituents and local groups.

A copy of the draft Bill is available at www.newmatilda.com.au/humanrightsact A copy of the draft Bill is available at www.newmatilda.com.au/humanrightsact

12 October 2005

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