In todays The Australian Bob Carr lays out his criticism of the current push in some quarters for an Australian Bill of Rights. One of his main fears is one of my main wishes, that any Bill or Rights should have something to say on our right to property. None the less in spite of opposing a set of rights that I’d actually be willing to advocate for, he does still make a reasonable case that anecdotally a Bill of Rights often does little to actually defend peoples rights. It is worth a read in spite of the disagreeable bits.
I actually think we should have a Bill of Rights embedded within our constitution but I wouldn’t sign a blank cheque for this cause unless I knew ahead of time what actual rights we would be codifying.