SACOSS is calling for the introduction of a Human Rights Act for South Australia because every person – no matter their race, abilities, political beliefs, gender identification, sexuality, religion, age or cultural background or other characteristic – should be treated equitably. To acknowledge this is to acknowledge that we all have human rights. And that these are universal, meaning they are for everyone, everywhere, all of the time. A South Australian Human Rights Act would create a legislated framework that articulates the values that we hold most dear and protects our human rights. It would significantly improve the way our Parliament, Government and public entities develop laws, policies and make decisions. It will help to create a muchneeded culture of human rights in our state that will, in turn, work to improve wellbeing, dignity and equality in our day to day lives.