Critical question week 4

Is Melbourne Fair?

   I agree that Melbourne is fair because we uphold human rights well, we have a democracy and because everyone has equal opportunity no matter of your religion, race, gender or social group. These things considered there is room for improvement in fairness for Melbourne.

   Firstly, not just Melbourne but Australia in general are very good at up-holding human rights, according to  human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. These include the right to free speech, identification (have a name), food, water, shelter, freedom and education. These are some things that most people in Melbourne take for granted. And the fact that we have them shows that Melbourne is fair.

   Next is the fact that not just Melbourne but Australia is a democracy, which meant we all have the right to vote and to have our voice be heard about whom we want ruling the country. In other lands where they do not have democracy, talking down on current government could land you anything between a fine to the death penalty. I believe the right to vote independently and confidentially is a sign of how fair we are as a country and city.

   Melbourne is very accepting of people and giving them equal opportunity, so accepting that we even passed laws on giving people of different sex, race, ability and age. This is a very important step I think that all countries should make to become as fair as possible.

   Despite all these good things about Melbourne and Australia there are a few areas I think need to be improved such as our asylum seeker situation, I had the privilege of going in the asylum seeker trail on justice week and I found out a lot of things, one of these is that there are currently no asylum seeker claims being processed, this is very unfair in my opinion because as I also found out it is, contrary to popular belief, legal to seek asylum, and people who come by boat are not jumping the queue because there isn’t one. Also I think that people’s attitudes towards different type of people, especially gays is extremely unfair, to use words for homosexuals in a derogatory way and mean it is something that I think needs to stop happening in society.

   Overall I think Melbourne is a very fair place, there are some things that need to change but I think they will if we give them some time.


One thought on “Critical question week 4

  1. Jane

    Hi Lachy
    You have used multiple examples from our week of Justice to answer this critical question, well done. I agree with you that Melbourne is fair especially when compared to other countries. However there are still areas of our society where we could be doing more to be inclusive and demonstrate true equality to all.

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    jane 🙂


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