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Govts turn the law into a weapon

Govts turn the law into a weapon

Australian governments are changing how the rule of law works. It used to guide society, but is now being turned into a weapon to beat citizens into submission. 28 July 2014 Read article » ...

Minister lashes out at ‘numpties’

Minister lashes out at 'numpties'

WA Transport Minister Liza Harvey appears to suffer from the ‘Buswell disease’: an inability to sniff the wind of public disquiet, in this case over speeding fines. 28 July 2014 Read article » ...

Statistics help pump up campaign

Statistics help pump up campaign

What came first? The statistics, or the election campaign? Qld’s police commissioner gives a none too convincing explanation on ABC Radio of why he released crime figures early. 26 July 2014 Read article » ...

Data retention strips away your privacy

Data retention strips away your privacy

PISA (police, intelligence and security agencies) want to know everything about your data and you: Bernard Keane explains why that’s not such a reasonable idea. 26 July 2014 Read article » ...

TPP negotiations again falter

TPP negotiations again falter

As US mid-term and presidential elections inch closer, politicking could destroy the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, even if greedy copyright, pharmaceutical and dispute resolution clauses don’t. 24 July 2014 Read article » ...

What if he had died, and she lived?

What if he had died, and she lived?

The justice scene throughout Australia is patchy. The choice of offence level may be uneven, the jurisdiction chosen haphazard. Hugh Selby questions one recent Tasmanian case. 8 July 2014 Read article » ...

Fast track to abusing the law

Fast track to abusing the law

Our government is breaking international law. It is ‘refouling’ (sending back into probable persecution) Sri Lankan asylum claimants. Please stop, says Louis Coutts: not in my name. 7 July 2014 Read article » ...

Justice denied: Eastman kept in jail

Justice denied: Eastman kept in jail

One month ago, a judicial inquiry ruled David Eastman was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1995. Why is he still languishing in a Canberra prison on 1 July 2014? Read article » ...

July 2014 CLArion newsletter: Rights bill turns 10, but freedoms under threat

July 2014 CLArion newsletter: Rights bill  turns 10, but freedoms under threat

As Australia’s first bill of rights turns 10, our freedoms are coming under increasing threat from a government intent on expanding the already-excessive spook laws. 1 July 2014  Read article » ...

Govt abandons safeguards monitor

Govt abandons safeguards monitor

As the government prepares to bring in tougher new security laws, it is abandoning the independent safeguards system that has operated for three years. 23 June 2014 Read article » ...

Should medical marijuana be legal?

Should medical marijuana be legal?

Should Australia allow medical marijuana for pain relief – and, like the USA, free up recreational use of the drug? The NSW Parliament may lead the nation. 20 June 2014 Read article » ...

CLA puts solutions to Riot Inquiry

CLA puts solutions to Riot Inquiry

CLA proposed refugee solutions, and expanded the investigation’s reporting scope, when appearing before the Manus Island Riot Death Inquiry at Parliament House. 17 June 2014 Read article » ...

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