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In his submission to the Australian Senate on its 2008 debate on a proposed Bill of Rights, Professor James Allen contends that a bill of rights would be a terrible idea as it would take away power from the legislators in parliament and give it to the judiciary.

Allen’s first argument is that rights are an abstract concept; they are ‘vague’, ‘amorphous’  and ‘emotively appealing’. [1] But what are these rights that Allen refers to? The recommendations of the National Human Rights Consulting Committee state that they are:

  1. To respect the rights of others;
  2. to support parliamentary democracy and the rule of law
  3. to uphold and obey the laws of Australia
  4. to serve on a jury when required
  5. to vote and to ensure to the best of our ability that our vote is informed
  6. to show respect for diversity and the equal worth, dignity and freedom of others
  7. to promote…

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