Human Rights competition – Calling all VICTORIAN HIGH SCHOOL Students who write!

By | 12 Feb 2024

We know that a Charter of Human Rights would help ensure that the values we all share – like fairness, respect, dignity and compassion – guide the decisions and actions of our governments. But Australia is the only democracy that doesn’t have anything like a Charter.

The Human Rights Legal Centre is inviting all Victorian high school students to write an introduction to an Australian Charter of Human Rights.

What do you think it should say?
Find out more here and sign up to enter.

In 300 words or less, write your introduction to a Charter of Human Rights by 29 February. A panel of judges will select the best entries. The winner and two runners up will be announced in March, and the winning entry will be published.

Here are some famous examples that have made the case for human rights, from the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights to the Preamble of the Republic South Africa’s Bill of Rights.

There are even some closer to home – the ACT Human Rights Act, Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities and Queensland’s Human Rights Act.

And here’s what some of the past winners of the competition wrote.

Are there sections you really love? Or parts you think are boring?

Creating an Australian Charter of Human Rights will benefit the whole community. What are the rights and freedoms you think should be included?