Australia has been heavily criticised for its breach of human rights and failure to protect citizens, as a report finds it is significantly falling behind its Western counterparts.
A report card for the Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) found that without a bill of rights, Australia continues to mistreat minorities, leaving people vulnerable to a range of abuses and unfair systems.
The treatment of Indigenous people, refugees, women and freedoms was of particular concern.
President of ALHR, Kerry Weste, said: “While the federal government can be awarded a gold star for introducing a Modern Slavery Act, Australia continues to be criticised by multiple United Nations bodies for its abject failure to protect basic rights on multiple fronts – often impacting profoundly on vulnerable Australians.”
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