The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute will review its 2007 findings regarding the potential for a state charter of rights, as calls continue for laws to be implemented in the absence of federal legislation.
More than a decade ago, the TLRI published its A Charter of Rights for Tasmania report, which recommended that a state charter be introduced.
It made a raft of recommendations, including that the charter provide for effective scrutiny of all state legislation before it's enacted, and that it require all Tasmanian laws to be interpreted through the prism of the charter so it could be ensured they were compatible with human rights.
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Since the original report was published, Victoria has implemented a charter of human rights, while Queensland's Human Rights Act will come into effect on January 1, 2020.
The Australian Capital Territory was the first jurisdiction in the nation to enact a charter of rights in 2004.
Australia does not have a federal charter of rights, unlike most liberal democracies around the world.
TLRI director Terese Henning said the institute had accepted a reference to prepare a research paper to update its 2007 report "in view of developments in other jurisdictions and matters of human rights significance that have arisen since then".
"We have not yet commenced the review so I am unable to [say] whether our 2007 recommendations will be updated or altered in any way," Associate Professor Henning said.
"As we have just accepted the reference but not yet commenced work on it I cannot provide ... a timeline for the preparation and/or publication of the research paper."
Civil Liberties Australia Tasmanian director Richard Griggs said his organisation, which has campaigned for a federal human rights act, believed legislation was necessary "ideally" at a national level.
"In the absence of much traction at a national level, states have begun to go state-by-state," Mr Griggs said.
"We'd love for Tasmania to be the fourth Australian jurisdiction [to enact human rights legislation].
"At the last state election, we got two of the three political parties in support, and pledging to pursue this if they formed government [but] it just so happened that neither of those two parties formed government."
Mr Griggs said CLA had received feedback that the TLRI's report was "beginning to get a bit outdated".
"It's something we've talked to [the TLRI] about," he said.
Attorney-General Elise Archer said the state government was committed to the "basic fundamentals of parliamentary democracy".
"While the government is committed to a fair, accepting and inclusive Tasmania, there are no plans to introduce a human rights act as we are firmly of the view that there are sufficient, robust protections in place that protect and promote human rights in Tasmania," she said.