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Aug 2015 newsletter: National mood starts to swing towards correcting ‘terror’ excesses

Aug 2015 newsletter:  National mood starts to swing towards correcting ‘terror’ excesses

The first signs are starting to emerge of a swing back from the overblown rhetoric of terrorism towards a more nuanced response in keeping with the rule of law in Australia. 1 Aug 2015 Read article » ...

‘Killer robots’ must be banned: researchers

‘Killer robots’ must be banned: researchers
A group of concerned, eminent citizens worldwide are calling for ‘killer robots’ to be banned from production as weapons of war, lessening the chance of their widespread proliferation. 28 July 2015

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Road to hell lined by parked buses

Road to hell lined by parked buses

‘Misguided enthusiasm’ may see inventive police park the bus illegally in trying to combat the drug scourge in rural communities. We need to stay alert to protect our liberties. 26 July 2015 Read article » ...

Parliament votes on it knows not what

Parliament votes on it knows not what

As the wrong parliamentary committee considers such a vital question as Australian citizenship, it will be deliberating on a crucial liberties and rights issue that is nowhere defined in law.  24 July 2015 Read article » ...

Possible crimes need investigating

Possible crimes need investigating

Paying cash to people-smuggling crews appears to break several Australian laws, CLA says in a submission to a parliamentary inquiry, working from un-contradicted media reports.  22 July 2015 Read article » ...

Govt moves to constrain dissent

Govt moves to constrain dissent

Should groups be able to speak out against government policy…and still retain their federal funding? A committee is investigating, but what do you think? 18 Jul 2015 Read article » ...

Watchdog needed for prosecutors

Watchdog needed for prosecutors

DPPs have enormous power in the justice system, ACT barrister Jack Pappas writes, agreeing with SA’s legal fraternity that such power should be closely watched and subject to independent oversight. 11 July 2015 Read article » ...

Saving Mary Jane from a firing squad

Saving Mary Jane from a firing squad

Barrister Felicity Gerry tells the story of saving one life when the two Bali 9 men were executed: Mary Jane Veloso’s story stands for the plight of trafficked women worldwide. 10 July 2015 Read article » ...

ICJ to campaign for rule of law

ICJ to campaign for rule of law

A leading legal body in Australia is so deeply concerned about abuses of the Rule of Law in Australia that is compiling evidence of transgressions and planning a national conference. 3 July 2015 Read article » ...

One citizenship for all Australians

One citizenship for all Australians

There’s emerging agreement that the proposed citizenship laws are probably headed for the High Court, where the Australian government’s ability to strip people of citizenship will likely be curtailed.  2 July 2015 Read article » ...

July 2015 newsletter: Campaign to improve citizenship bill needed for our democracy

July 2015 newsletter: Campaign to improve  citizenship bill needed for our democracy

No draft law has produced such an outpouring of adverse comment from members as the Citizenship Bill: read CLA’s first response…and how you can put your views forward. 30 June 2015 Read article » ...

Gay court says yes to drug

Gay court says yes to drug

The US Supreme Court has produced contrasting decisions recently: it voted 5-4 to free up gay marriage, but also 5-4 condemned death row prisoners to a possibly painful death. 30 June 2015 Read article » ...