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Sophie against Bill of Rights

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Photo of Sophie MirabellaStatement by Members – 16 November 2009 – 6.43pm
Bill of Rights
Sophie Mirabella (Indi, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare, Women and Youth) Share this | Link to this | Hansard source

I rise today to comment on the government’s proposed moves towards a bill of rights. As a member of the Liberal Party, a party founded as the champion of individual rights and liberties against the state—and we have seen since the formation of the Liberal Party a growing state interfering with people’s rights—it is of great concern. I have received several petitions, which are not in the official form accepted by the parliament, from locals concerned about a proposed bill of rights. We have seen what has happened in Victoria, where there is a similar bill of rights regime. We have seen it being abused by criminals and rarely used for the greater good. But of great concern is why the government has not explained why a bill of rights is necessary. What deficiencies are there in existing laws? We have seen countries that can only be described as totalitarian regimes with bills of rights, but they in fact do not guarantee people’s rights. We do not want to see a shift of power from elected representatives, who are responsible to the people, to unelected judges. The community is already angry at the judgments being given out to very serious criminals that do not reflect community standards, and there will be a shift of power to judges with a bill of rights. We have seen that, when the Left is in power and they introduce a bill of rights or similar legislation, there is in fact a limiting of liberty, not an extension of it.

Comment:

Sophie is against transferring power from the elected representatives to the judges and asks, “What deficiencies are there in existing laws?”

What about the abuses of the “Forgotten Generation” to whom we apologised yesterday and the mistreatment of aboriginees, for which we also apologised, and which occurred under the control of elected representatives – both Liberal and Labor.  I submit a Bill of Rights administered by Judges could not be any worse.

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Written by Greg Naylor

17 November 2009 at 1:35 pm

Posted in PERSONAL

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  1. […] Syndicated from King Valley Online November 18th, 2009 | Category: Contributors […]

  2. Sophie Mirabella speech – 17 Nov (Indi, Liberal Party, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Education, Childcare, Women and Youth) Share this | Link to this | Hansard Source

    I rise to speak on the Fair Work Amendment (State Referrals and Other Measures) Bill 2009. This bill seeks, among other things, to amend the Fair Work Act 2009 to allow state governments to refer their existing industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth, specifically relating to unincorporated employers. Under the provisions of the bill, state governments will be able to amend or terminate the referral of industrial relations powers to the Commonwealth with as little as three months notice. (…cont)

    Greg Naylor

    18 November 2009 at 10:43 am

  3. I’d rather a Judge decide on someone’s rights than Sophie, any day. She wouldn’t understand the first thing about human rights, and she’s proved that over & over again. Christ I hope she loses her seat.

    Ray Dixon

    18 November 2009 at 2:04 pm


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