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The Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (CTH): A Three-Dimensional Approach to Operationalising Human Rights

Basser, Lee Ann, Jones, Melinda,

Academic Literature

2002

Until relatively recently, people with disabilities have been excluded from society. In line with international developments, the Commonwealth government enacted the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Cth) to protect the rights of people with disabilities in Australia. With unusual insight into what is needed to create a more just society — a society which is able to include all its members — the DDA included a unique range of strategies for dealing with the problems of discrimination and inequality. This article argues that the protections contained in the DDA are consistent with the three-dimensional approach to operationalising human rights: an approach to human rights that involves empowering people with disabilities, a proactive state, and a community that considers the issue of inequality within its power to resolve. While the position of people with disabilities in Australia remains grim, in its ideal operation the DDA could be a powerful tool for social change.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Melbourne University Law Review

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation

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