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No need to make laws more complex

No need to make laws more complex
The Tasmanian Parliament should should not increase complexity by adding their proposed new anti-discrimation law amendments, Civil Liberties Australia believes. More law is not always for the better.  13 Sept 2016
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Bought for a pittance, MPs hide details

Bought for a pittance, MPs hide details

Australia’s federal MPs are for sale to foreign buyers…for very little, if the Senator Sam Dastyari purchase is representative. Prof George Williams comments it’s time to Act.

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Smoke clouds fair, trade agreements

Smoke clouds fair, trade agreements
Australia still awaits final resolution over its right to mandate ‘plain’-packaged cigarettes, with one case still outstanding even though more than $100m has probably been spent on legal fees. 2 Sept 2016
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Sept 2016 CLArion: Push for Turnbull to ratify OPCAT, to save kids in detention

Sept 2016 CLArion: Push for Turnbull to  ratify OPCAT, to save kids in detention

PM Turnbull should immediately sign OPCAT, the convention that can help protect Australian kids in detention from abuse, right now, long before the Royal Commission reports.  31 Aug 2016

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US wants your social media identifier

US wants your social media identifier

If you want to visit Disneyland, the USA plans to grab your social media details to better keep you under surveillance. It’s a Donald Duck of a proposal, CLA says. 30 Aug 2016

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CLA re-launches OPCAT push

CLA re-launches OPCAT push

For nine long years, the Australian government – run by both political parties – has been promising to ratify OPCAT. The time is now, to help prevent juvenile abuse in detention. 29 Aug 2016

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Does RBT violate right to privacy?

Does RBT violate right to privacy?
How costly is Random Breath Testing? Is it cost-effective? What about our right to privacy? CLA member Stephen Fitzgerald poses some tough questions for police and pollies. 26 Aug 2016
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‘Curious’ SNF case may be back in court

‘Curious’ SNF case may be back in court
The cautionary tale of Sue Neill-Fraser and Tasmanian justice may be back before a judge, possibly leading to a new appeal, in coming weeks. We’re hoping for justice. 25 Aug 2016
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How parliaments have changed

How parliaments have changed

Mindless sloganising enabled by technology has come to dominate democratic parliaments, and the Press Gallery has descended into a ‘conformist mob’, recently retired MHR and MLA, Laurie Ferguson, says.

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Capital punishment: comparing societies

Capital punishment: comparing societies

‘An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind’, said Gandhi. Taking a life in revenge or bloodlust demeans any state or society, Kay Danes argues. 2 Aug 2016

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