Human rights are the shining light in the budget

Human Rights Act for Queensland is getting closer with funding of nearly $3million allocated over four years provided in the Queensland State Budget for this essential piece of legislation.

“We were very excited to see progress on the Human Rights Act for Queensland”, said Queensland Council of Social Service CEO Mr Mark Henley.

“In our Manifesto for Change we called for a government that leads with vision and we have seen glimpses of that this week.”

“The Premier has today reiterated her commitment to engaging with Queenslanders on spending  and the release of the ‘Our future state’ document on Monday goes some way but not far enough.

“QCOSS believes that engaging and working with people in place is an essential part of making real social change.”

“The announcement of the Kupai Omasker program supports this further, with government committing $1 million over three years, to engaging with Torres Strait Islander communities about how traditional Torres Strait Islander child rearing practices can be recognised in law.”  This has been a long time coming and it will be great to see this finally recognised in law.

A focus on jobs is also supported with increases in the Skilling Queenslanders for Work and Back to Work programs supporting all Queenslanders access social and economic inclusion.

We also welcome the commitment of $239 million towards remote indigenous housing while the federal government continues to offer no further commitment to this critical infrastructure in place.   

“It is imperative that funding continues regardless of funding source and we strongly caution the Queensland Government against ‘stealing from Peter to pay Paul’ by reducing the Housing  Construction Job Program of social housing construction to meet this commitment.” Mr Henley said.

 “A focus on health and education is also welcomed as these are both fundamental to the wellbeing of every Queenslander. ”

We look forward to continuing to work with government to develop a vision for Queensland and look forward to a budget that is focused on community and people next year.

For nearly 60 years QCOSS has been a leading force for social change to eliminate poverty and disadvantage. 

In our Manifesto for Change we called for a government that leads with vision and we have seen glimpses of that this week.