A new policy adopted by Logan City Council will ensure 23 human rights are now protected in the actions and decisions of elected members and staff.
The Human Rights Policy and Guidelines reflect the State Government’s Human Rights Act 2019, which came into effect in January.
City Governance Committee Chairperson, Councillor Lisa Bradley, said Council was not only bound by the legislation, but also had a responsibility to promote a human rights culture for the benefit of the city’s residents.
“As a former nurse, I’m passionate about human rights,” Cr Bradley said.
“It’s a key part of that profession to treat others as you would like to be treated, and it applies exactly the same here at Council, where it’s our role to enhance the community’s wellbeing.”
Cr Bradley said the rights would be considered when laws and policies were made, interpreted and applied, and in making decisions.
“What Council employees and Councillors do can have an impact on people, and this Human Rights Policy is a good reminder that we should consider all perspectives and be respectful,” she said.
“We live in a wonderfully democratic society and we recognise that each person is of value, regardless of their background.
“It is up to all of us to treat people with dignity, equality and mutual respect.”