Bill of Rights

A Bill of Rights for Australia

"Men speak of natural rights, but I challenge any one to show where in nature any rights existed or were recognized until there was established for their declaration and protection a duly promulgated body of corresponding laws"!  Calvin Coolidge - 30th President of the USA (1923–1929)

The quote above reminds us that our inalienable rights (as human beings) must be declared and enshrined into law - otherwise they may as well not exist.

70.6% of Australians want a Bill of Rights. 85.9% support a referendum on whether to include it in our Constitution.

There is no Bill of Rights in the Australian Constitution. This is in contrast to the United StatesCanadaNew ZealandEngland and South Africa.

The Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University published a report entitled "Rights in Australia 1991-1992", which found that amongst Australians:

  • 70.6% wanted a Bill of Rights
  • 21.8% were undecided
  • 7.4% were against a Bill of Rights

An even higher figure of 85.9% supported a referendum to determine whether a Bill of Rights should be put into the Constitution. This report is now near-impossible to find on the internet. If political parties want to be elected on popular issues - then one can only wonder as to why this issue has been buried.

Our natural rights are bestowed upon us from the moment of our conception, but must be articulcated and legislated. These rights are self-evident and are every bit a part of us - just as our limbs are a part of us. Inalienable rights are different from priviledges, which can be granted and then withdrawn.

The cornerstone of all rights and of justice is that of "do no harm". It is from this idea that flows the philosophy of being free to choose, being free to live without any interference from government - provided that the rights of others are not infringed upon.

The ASP will enshrine our natural rights into a Bill of Rights, and have it included into our new Constitution by way of a referendum.  Inalienable rights are absolutely necessary for the security, prosperity and happiness of all residents in Australia.

Whilst a government should be limited, with its powers clearly itemised, the inalienable rights of people cannot be exhaustively itemised. A Bill of Rights can only itemise those rights that are the most obvious and the most precious, and then reserve unto all human beings those rights and powers which have not been specifically delegated to government.

Below are just a few examples of the many items that would likely by itemised in an Australian Bill of Rights:

  • Freedom of speech
  • Freedom of association
  • Freedom of religion
  • The right to peacefully assemble for the redress of grievances
  • The right to a fair and speedy trial by jury for both criminal and civil offences
  • The right to self defence (including by the use of firearms)
  • The right to live in a clean and healthy environment
  • The right to privacy

"A bill of rights is what the people are entitled to against every government on earth, general or particular, and what no just government should refuse, or rest on inferences"!  Thomas Jefferson - 3rd President of the United States (1801–1809)

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