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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 » ...

Treat drugs and alcohol equally

Treat drugs and alcohol equally

A zero tolerance regime, such as with drugs like marijuana in the system, is immeasurably senseless and therefore unfair, many people believe. Time for a change to the law. 30 June 2015 Read article » ...

Maintaining the (female) rage

Maintaining the (female) rage

Men and women of Australia forget how PM Whitlam’s government changed the life of females in Oz forever: Gough’s women’s advisor, Elizabeth Reid, reminds us the rage needs to continue. 25 June 2015 Read article » ...

Analysing ‘right to appeal’ rulings

Analysing ‘right to appeal’ rulings

Just two cases have been fully appealed under new ‘right to appeal’ provisions now in SA law, and soon to be introduced to Tasmania. Barbara Etter analyses decisions so far. 24 June 2015 Read article » ...

ASIS-ASIO are Govt’s bully boys

ASIS-ASIO are Govt’s bully boys

Read an extraordinary tale of spook intrigue, bugging foreign cabinet ministers, raid on lawyer’s office, denials, duck-shoves, spurious spin…all in the name of Australia, but deeply un-Australian. 17 June 2015 Read article » ...

Be warned: medical negligence

Be warned: medical negligence

If you know anyone thinking about a medical negligence claim, here’s a learned exposition on the changing law over the past 30 years, by High Court Judge Susan Kiefel. 16 June 2015 Read article » ...

Community groups need safeguarding

Community groups need safeguarding

Organisations working for the benefit of the community,  including environmental groups, should be permitted to hold Deductible Gift Recipient status, Civi Liberties Australia has told a parliamentary committee.
Click to read submission. 15 June 2015 Read article » ...

Would it be an offence? ‘Yes’

Would it be an offence? ‘Yes’

Is there an inherent danger in the government exaggerating fear, and creating more and more terror laws? Here’s a 100-year comparison of comments that provides a useful historical insight. 15 June 2015 Read article » ...

ALP takes TPP to the community

ALP takes TPP to the community

Large crowd at first ALP community forum on the TPP shows there’s widespread public concern about direction the Coalition government is heading with the 12-nation agreement, and ISDS. 10 June 2015 Read article » ...

Paperless arrests may lead to deaths

Paperless arrests may lead to deaths

NT police powers to make ‘paperless arrests’ are completely contrary to recommendations by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, says Thalia Anthony: more deaths are likely. 8 June 2015 Read article » ...