The Gap Between Human Rights and Political Rationalities in Australia: Homelessness as a Breach of Human Rights Obligations

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The mid twentieth century say the emergence of a new international discourse on human rights. Now well into the twenty first century, there remains a significant gap between the prevailing socio-political rationalities of the Australian Government and philosophic and moral principles shaping human rights conventions. By documenting the divergent pathways of these two discourses it is possible to demonstrate the causes and consequences of the failure of the Australian Government to deliver on its obligations as a signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant Rights of Children. Using the right to shelter as an exemplar, this paper reveals the fundamental conflict between the historic and contemporary social and political rationalities, and consequent values, which underpin the failure to meet internationally endorsed human rights amongst Australia's homeless.

Keywords: Human Rights, Homeless, Social and Political Rationalities
Stream: Politics, Public Policy and Law
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Emily Schindeler

Post Graduate Student, School of Justice Studies, Queensland University of Technology
Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Emily has over two decades of experience working in academia, with government and the non government sector. She brings to this research and presentation the experience and understanding of the diverse perspectives of these sectors.

Ref: I08P0413