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As US-North Korea brinksmanship escalates, it becomes more obvious than ever that the Australian Parliament should decide on our going into warlike situations, not the Kitchen Cabinet. We have followed the UK and the USA slavishly and sheepishly into war for more than a century. It is time we legislated to ensure we have time and space to make a carefully-considered decision about going to war, Civil Liberties Australia believes.
As Immigration Minister Dutton, a former policeman, uses fabricated pedophilia intimations to “verbal” refugee claimants on Manus, his department is reintroducing censorship to Australia by preventing a Palestinian activist speaking here. No wonder there’s a loud call – a clamour by 80% of Australians – for a national anti-corruption commission.
Other items in this issue include:
  • Focus turns to WA for positive change
  • Is epistocracy (‘decision-making by the educated’) an answer?
  • AG Brandis restores funding to legal aid
  • Commonwealth Games police get beefier powers
  • What a Chief Justice thinks of Australia’s legal system
  • Police ‘intelligence’ may not be all it’s cracked up to be
  • UK seeks to protest rights & liberties as Brexit door opens
  • Rape ‘em, marry ‘em, says Malaysian MP
  • Canada set to legalise recreational marijuana
  • Is Trump the first US President elected by the FBI?
  • Support for death penalty drops in the USA

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Japan tries to revive TPP

Japan tries to revive TPP

The anti-personal freedoms, pro-corporate greed TPP deal is being resurrected by Japan, reports say.  Like a Frankenstein, will this ill-conceived monster never succumb to death? 26 April 2017

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Info-graphics are act of courage

Info-graphics are act of courage

Against the odds, the federal bureaucracy’s Timothy is leading an unlikely counter-Pilgrimage to safeguard public access rights to privacy, FOI, and info policy from attack by AG George Brandis. 5 April 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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