Rights and Responsibilities


The Centre for Independent Studies will host this consultation on behalf of the Human Rights Commissioner to allow you to have your voice heard. Address by Tim Wilson will start at 6:00pm followed by Q&A.

Tim Wilson - smallThe Human Rights Commissioner is conducting a national consultation about how well we currently protect people’s rights and freedoms in Australia. The consultation will focus on what each of us can contribute to achieve better protection of rights and freedoms, and to build an understanding of the responsibilities that come with this.

A particular focus of the consultation will be on building a culture of respect for rights and responsibilities among the Australian community. The consultation is interested in learning about initiatives at the local and community level that advance rights and freedoms, and the responsible exercise of these. This might be through developing voluntary codes of conduct and practice, service provision, sporting events or other community-based education activities.

The consultation will focus discussions on some of the key rights and freedoms that have traditionally underpinned our liberal democracy in Australia. These include:

  • the right to freedom of opinion and expression
  • the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religious worship
  • the right to freedom of association
  • property rights

Information from the consultation will inform a public report that will identify the key issues raised during the consultation process, identify best practice initiatives to promote human rights and freedoms, and set out recommendations for further advancing the protection and promotion of human rights and freedoms in Australia.

Click here to download the rights & responsibilities 2014 discussion paper.

This forum will be discussed by Tim Wilson followed by Q&A.

Tim Wilson is Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner. As Commissioner he is focused on promoting and advancing traditional human rights and freedoms, including free speech, freedom of association, worship and movement and property rights. He has worked in trade and communication consulting, international aid and development, as well as politics. Most recently, he was the Director of Climate Change Policy and the Intellectual Property and Free Trade Unit at the Institute of Public Affairs.