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Council set to abuse Human Rights

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The following post was made on Coldstream 3770 blog and sparked my attention.

TO BE DISCUSSED AT THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING
Yarra Ranges Shire Council is committed to the protection and preservation of the Human Rights of its residents and ratepayers, employees and visitors to the Shire. All Council decisions, policies and actions will take into consideration and assess whether, and the extent to which they may limit, restrict or impede the Human Rights of any person.Council undertakes that in all its decisions, actions and policies it will only limit, restrict or impede the Human Rights of any person or group to the extent that is reasonable, taking into consideration the benefits for the majority of residents, ratepayers and employees of and visitors to the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

Further, Council, in all its actions, decisions and policies, will not deliberately unreasonably limit, restrict or impinge on the Human Rights of any individual or group.

I responded with the following comment on Mario’s blog:-

The Yarra Ranges Shire Council is completely out of order – and certainly outside of International law on Human Rights – by undertaking that “in all its decisions, actions and policies it will only limit, restrict or impede the Human Rights of any person or group to the extent that is reasonable”.

If they were talking about civil liberties, it might be fair warning that they may be curbed (as in terrorism threats or something), but they are not!  They are talking human rights … as in the right to food, the right to clean air, and the right of free passage.

If your council thinks it can take away human rights – in any form – you need a new council and we need to complain to the human rights commission.

Am I missing something or has the Yarra Ranges Council overstepped its authority

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Written by Greg Naylor

19 June 2009 at 1:08 pm

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  1. Greg,
    I will post your reply on my blog and will be happy to do so. I have forwarded your comments to the CEO.
    Regards

    Mario Galteri

    Mario Galteri

    19 June 2009 at 2:55 pm

    • Thanks Mario. The whole community needs to know about this issue and your blog is the place to keep the discussion going (and my blog too). That was a good idea to pass the comment on to the CEO. Thank you.

      Greg Naylor

      19 June 2009 at 4:16 pm

  2. Huh? What are they talking about, Greg? Of course they cannot “limit, restrict or impinge on the Human Rights of any individual or group”, ‘reasonably’ or otherwise. They’re just a friggin’ council!

    It’s like when they decare the shire “a nuclear free zone” or something like that. This is just giving someone an excuse to be employed, surely. Idiots.

    Ray Dixon

    19 June 2009 at 3:21 pm

  3. Presumably they have the power to consider human rights under the Victoria’s recent Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act.

    Kieran Bennett

    19 June 2009 at 7:25 pm

    • Does that Charter of Human Rights give them the authority to “limit, restrict or impede the Human Rights of any person or group”?

      Greg Naylor

      19 June 2009 at 7:39 pm

  4. This is an extract from the minutes:
    1. Adopt the proposed policy statement on Human Rights as outlined in Attachment 1 below.
    2. Commit to future reviews of the policy statement every four years, within six months of an election.

    Attachment 1

    PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY
    Yarra Ranges Shire Council is committed to the implementation of the
    Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and to assisting all
    people within the Shire to live with freedom, respect, equality and dignity. All
    Council decisions, policies and actions will take into consideration and
    assess whether, and the extent to which they may limit, restrict or impede the
    Human Rights of any person.

    Council undertakes that in all its decisions, actions and policies it will only
    limit, restrict or impede the Human Rights of any person or group to the
    extent that is reasonable, taking into consideration the benefits for the
    majority of residents, ratepayers and employees of and visitors to the Shire of
    Yarra Ranges.
    Further, Council, in all its actions, decisions and policies, will not deliberately
    unreasonably limit, restrict or impinge on the Human Rights of any individual
    or group.

    Mario Galteri

    27 June 2009 at 7:55 pm


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