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SENATOR SID SPINDLER AUSTRALIAN DEMOCRAT SENATOR FOR VICTORIA MEDIA RELEASE

PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA · THE SENATE

17 July 1992 92/400

DEMOCRATS MOVE ON BILL OF RIGHTS

Senator Sid Spindler, Democrat Spokesperson on Law and Justice, today said the Australian Democrats would make yet another attempt to get an Australian Bill of Rights passed by Parliament, in view of Senator Evans' disappointing failure to commit the Government to such action.

"Calls for a Bill of Rights at the Canberra Conference on Human Rights should have made the Minister more sensitive to the urgency for this long overdue mov e .

"With blatant breaches of human rights in our prisons, in the draconian Western Australian juvenile justice legislation, and the disclosure of Aidex demonstrators' names by the Australian Federal Police to the Department of Social Security, Australian's have a right to expect action by the Federal Government to

provide remedies in a Bill of Rights.

"If all Senator Evans can do is criticise other nations for inadequate human rights protection and not take an honest look at his own backyard, then we as a nation are indeed a long way away from obtaining true social justice.

For further information: Contact Senator Spindler - 03 416 1880 (w), 03 859 5607 (h) or Stephen Merrylees - 06 277 3640 (w), 06 285 2285 (h).

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