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Has the ‘benefit’ of all this additional ‘security’ been worth the cost? 

Spending on ‘public order and safety’ by the Commonwealth Government has risen by 230% since 2000 – 01 – a larger increase than in any other category of spending apart from transport and communications. Within that category, the Australian Security Intelligence Organization ’s budget has increased by 573% (from $76mn to $512mn); the Australian Secret Intelligence Service’s budget has increased by 712% (from $43mn to $346mn); while the Australian Federal Police budget has grown, despite some cut-backs in the 2014-15 Budget, by 230% (from $584mn to $1.9bn). Total Commonwealth Government spending rose by 147% over the same period.

 
HC proves need for HR Act

HC proves need for HR Act

The High Court has struck a blow for Australians’ freedom to protest and speak up by ruling that Tasmania’s draconian 2014 laws were unconstitutional and showed ‘Pythonesque absurdity’. 18 Oct 2017
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Let’s protect our right to health

Let’s protect our right to health

Patents protect intellectual property, but what safeguards right to health? With courts permitting patents over medical ’things’, parliament may have to legislate to ensure people retain their health rights. 9 Aug 2017

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