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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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Australia needs an Act of Contrition

Australia needs an Act of Contrition
The Mabo ‘legal’ decision left a lot to be desired, tidally speaking. Arguably, the wrong people sat in judgement. It’s time for an Indigenous Manifesto, says Louis Coutts. 1 Aug 2016
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August 2016 CLArion: Justice is sought over stolen wages, juvenile detention

August 2016 CLArion: Justice is sought over stolen wages, juvenile detention

Neither a Royal Commission into juvenile detention, nor new litigation over stolen wages, will deliver true justice forIndigenous Australians. National law reform is now mandatory. 31 July 2016

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Is terrorism being over-sold?

Is terrorism being over-sold?

The instant response to a terrorist incident is to ‘declare war on terrorists’, but the chance of dying in a terrorist attack is still very small, says Prof Chris Michaelsen. 22 July 2016

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July 2016 CLArion: As Ministers change, the battle for the nation’s soul goes on

July 2016 CLArion: As Ministers change,  the battle for the nation’s soul goes on

No matter who rules Australia, the fight for a national corruption watchdog, for better treatment of refugees, and for winding back excessive surveillance and spookery needs to go on. 30 June 2016

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Fighting for abortion rights

Fighting for abortion rights

People will be surprised to learn that, in two major Australian states, abortion is illegal. It’s time to end the subterfuge, and makes sure the law allows women choice. 14 June 2016

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ADF side-steps employment rights

ADF side-steps employment rights
Defence can’t seem to eliminate sexual abuse, but that’s not surprising in a culture where job contracts are antiquated, and skewed towards bosses and domination, writes Kay Danes. 4 June 2016
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