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Human Rights Act 2004

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The Human Rights Act 2004 is a law which recognises and describes the fundamental civil and political rights that individuals have. It gives the Attorney General and Human Rights Commissioner some powers to intervene in courts and tribunals where human rights are concerned, and gives the Supreme Court the power to declare Territory laws ‘incompatible’ with the Human Rights Act.

The ACT Human Rights Act is a law which recognises and describes the fundamental civil and political rights that individuals have. It gives the Attorney General and Human Rights Commissioner some powers to intervene in courts and tribunals where human rights are concerned, and gives the Supreme Court the power to declare Territory laws ‘incompatible’ with the Human Rights Act.

Some of the human rights listed include freedom of speech and assembly, the right to a fair trial, and equality before the law.

It contains some privacy provisions, and states that:

Everyone has the right:
(a) not to have his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence interfered with unlawfully or arbitrarily; and
(b) not to have his or her reputation unlawfully attacked.

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