- 4 June 2021
Thanks so much for sharing - it sounds abhorrent. The results of the case would be super interesting! Whether the QHRC could be useful in any way, would be great info!
I'm sure you're in a better place to tell us all, however I'll put this here for others following along too. The QHRC is relatively new and is made up of the 'old anti-discrimination body' as well as a new area that can handle human rights complaints according to the (very) recent human rights act put in place.
Human Rights Complaints:
In terms of human rights, you can only complain about the actions of the Public Entities (i.e. the government). A human rights complaint must also relate to one of the listed human rights in the QLD act. This probably excludes the actions of the neighbours (/sigh). However it does include the action/non-action of the Police. Court decisions can not be considered under a human rights complaint unless it has to do with administration stuff (not the decisions they make, as that is what appeal processes are for).
Discrimination complaints are different
I believe that discrimination complaints can only be made when the incident(s) are within 'public life'. This is broader than government bodies and includes most other private entities, like the local cafe or pub. Again, this may exclude the actions of the neighbours (sigh), however it may include the police action/ non-action. I do wonder how it would relate to court decisions?!
If you felt comfortable, I think it would be super interesting to know how the QHRC approached your case, whether they were using a human rights or discimination (or both) approach and who the complaint(s) were targeted at!