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Justice In Australia Essay

1792 words - 7 pages

1. Why is it important to seek justice?Australian society is preparing itself for the announcement of a federal election that will give power to a representative political body that will determine the future platforms that the people of Australia will be governed by. As a democratic society all Australian residents will be entitled to vote for a political representative that best reflects the personal beliefs and values. key messages from the incumbent and contesting parties will offer a variety of policies that encompass what has been interpreted by the party and is affordable by the party.The promised policies by the political parties will be many and varied but all with an underlying theme of being fair and just for all in providing a society to be proud of.Within this context my assignment is based on social justice and the surrounding practice within communities of supporting principles that create an environment that reflects societal justice.Within a diverse community such as Australia the term Social Justice denotes a variety of theories in many, and no meaning in others. It can be a complex definition of explanation around the idea that all humans are of equal worth and deserve to be treated fairly with a proportionate amount of community resources available to them, or simply as described by Graycar and Jamrozik (1993,p52) as 'fairness in the distribution of resources, rights, opportunities and duties'.Social justice is the recognition of inequities within the community that deny individuals and /or groups opportunity to a life that includes what is taken for granted by many. The right to good health, safe housing, education, employment and a choice about their life regardless of the situation they were born into.To create a more equal society that is reflective of social justice morals requires active government intervention, community education and social change that is intrinsically linked to human rights. Social justice is the expression of human rights in public policy and programs.Social justice initiatives require development at the federal, state and local levels that commit to partnerships and programs with individual community and government groups that work towards addressing the inequities within the community.At a local level Australia has no Bill of Rights entrenched in any of its Commonwealth or State Constitutions but does recognize and endeavor to redress existing social inequities with a variety of legislation such as, Equal opportunity law, Freedom of information law and Anti discrimination laws. Legislation such as this enables an avenue for inequities within the Australian community to be evaluated and action implemented to rectify.In conjunction with legislation are a variety of Government and community social initiatives that assist in the recognition and righting of social inequities that include such things as;· Indigenous Affairs that include Reconciliation, health, education· Aged Care·...

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