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Australia’s 2018 human rights record heavily criticised

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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