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Report/minutes of 2017 eAGM (and Declaration of the Election)

Report/minutes of 2017 eAGM (and Declaration of the Election)

CLA’s electronic and postal Annual General Meeting for 2017 has concluded, with about 57% of members voting, slightly down on the percentage in the past two years. 28 March 2017

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Broadcaster belongs to we the people

Broadcaster belongs to we the people

The ABC is suffering the bullying and harassment of government. It’s time for the people to ’rescue’ the organisation which is normally involved in the saving of Australians. 25 March 2017

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Wrongfully convicted…would I lie to you?

Wrongfully convicted…would I lie to you?
There’s a rash of proven wrongful convictions in the US and UK, but Australia’s ‘justice’ system ignores the signals from overseas that the same problems are probably evident here. 23 March 2017 
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Popping the marriage question

Popping the marriage question

Absent the planned plebiscite, we’re not having the robust marriage debate we should be having. Max Thomas weighs in with observations on a core question: what is marriage for? 21 March 2017

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Questing for justice

Questing for justice

The education of lawyers can last a lifetime…sometimes somebody else’s, in jail. James Moore explains why it is important for civil society to question our laws and legal structures.  20 March 2017

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NICNAT needs to fly high in Canberra

NICNAT needs to fly high in Canberra

If there was any doubt about the need for a national integrity commission, the Public Service Commissioner’s ‘only’ attitude show just why we need one…or two. 8 March 2017

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Is modern slavery law up to the challenge?

Is modern slavery law up to the challenge?

Modern slavery – child labour, prostitutes, oppressive factoies – are rife throughout the world, and Australia, with maybe 5000 slaves,  is not immune. Government is considering a new law here. 2 Mar 2017

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AG reveals OPCAT plans to NGOs

AG reveals OPCAT plans to NGOs

Attorney-General George Brandis announced Australia would ratify the Convention Against Torture by December 2017 when he and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with NGOs in February.  2 Mar 2017

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Kim killing has other victims

Kim killing has other victims

The murder of Kim Jong-nam in KL airport highlights the issue of human trafficking-slavery, with which Australia is about to grapple. Are the women killers, or victims themselves? 1 Mar 2017 

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Mar 2017 CLArion: Ratifying convention would open jails to external inspection

Mar 2017 CLArion: Ratifying convention  would open jails to external inspection

AG Brandis has promised to ratify the torture convention, thus opening up detention centres to inspection, by the end of the year. CLA fervently hopes he keeps his promise. 28 Feb 2017

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