An Independent Queensland Regional & Rural
Queenslanders' Basic Rights
Rights of the People
Self-determination is not necessarily the only right of the people of a nation as a whole. Australian law increasingly recognises that the Australian people are the ultimate source of authority under the Australian Constitution. Similarly, Australian law increasingly recognises between governments and the people as a relationship which has political (and sometimes legal) obligations of:
Moreover, all governments in Australia hold and exercise their power on TRUST for the benefit of the people. This creates political obligations, if not legal obligations. In matters of public policy, various notions of 'the public interest', guide government action. All of these things can have a direct or indirect impact upon rights in legislation, policy-making and government administration.
Everyone in Queensland should be aware of the basic importance of the people and their rights in the political system. Former Chief Justice of the High Court, Sir Anthony Mason, said in 1992 that:
This is a powerful statement about the Australian people and their legal status. It has wide-ranging implications. The primary place of the people in Australia's and Queensland's systems of government also generate political and possibly legal obligations of responsibility and accountability in the exercise of government power.
Those obligations are owed by governments to the people as a whole.
Queenslanders' Basic Rights - (FULL and Abbreviated versions)
Written and Authorised by Selwyn Johnston, Cairns FNQ 4870