The Guardian today reminds me that while I’m all for human rights, I’m not for a Bill of rights for Australia. It’s just not the best mechanism for ensuring human rights: trusting and engaging with the democratic process is. A bill of rights encodes the prejudices and assumptions of the day into a sacrosanct piece of paper that lives behind glass and a bunch of old (generally white) guys get to interpret it forever. It politicises the judiciary, and I thought those branches of government were meant to be separate! And then in practice…. we get today’s news. “You think this supreme court term has been horrible? If Donald Trump gets to appoint another supreme court justice, we’re staring down 30 to 40 years of vicious, unmitigated attacks on our rights.”
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