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EQUALITY IS FOR EVERYONE

The Greens care about people – that’s why we want to protect human rights and introduce stronger legal protections for all Australians.

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> MAKING EQUALITY A REALITY

The Greens remain committed to legislating for equality. Our plan is to consolidate, strengthen and modernise federal anti-discrimination laws to bring Australia into line with our international human rights obligations.

We will also remove the out-dated exemptions for religious organisations to discriminate in the provision of services such as health, education or housing. Labor restricted the exemptions for aged care but have left other Australians vulnerable to ongoing discrimination.

> PROTECTING THE VULNERABLE

Whether in prison, immigration detention or psychiatric facilities, people held in detention are particularly powerless and vulnerable.  The Greens believe that all detainees have a right to be treated humanely and with dignity.

The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) is an international agreement designed to protect people in detention from cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. It ensures that these facilities can be independently monitored and inspected. We will commit $15 million over the next four years to ratify the convention and protect the vulnerable in detention. 

> COMPENSATING FOR WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS 

At present, it is possible for a wrongfully convicted person to receive no compensation and no reimbursement for their legal costs.

The Greens will introduce a framework for compensation where a person has been wrongfully convicted, consistent with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

We are committing $1.5 million to set up a compensation scheme.

The Greens are standing up for the human rights of all Australians.

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