We stand for people’s rights, and go in to bat for everyone’s civil liberties.

We monitor police and security forces, and the actions and inaction of politicians. We review proposed legislation, to make it better, and keep watch on government departments and agencies.

We work to keep Australia the free and open society it has traditionally been, where you can be yourself without undue interference from ‘authority’. Over 2014-2016, our main activities will be:

  • promoting civil liberties – a fair go for everyone – in Australia;
  • seeking reform of parliamentary processes and systems;
  • improving draft laws and contributing to parliamentary hearings;
  • correcting the worst excesses of anti-terrorism laws;
  • helping to safeguard people’s data and privacy, especially in health;
  • cooperating with similar groups, for example (privacy, prisons, refugees, mental health, drug law reform, aboriginal rights, migrant rights, whistleblowers, voluntary euthanasia, etc)
  • campaigning against the death penalty;
  • monitoring prisoners’ and detainees’ rights in jails, particularly juveniles;
  • helping legal students research analyse national and international issues;
  • producing a monthly email newsletter CLArion on key issues; and
  • creating a larger, more robust national civil liberties organisation

When you join Civil Liberties Australia, while we expect your support generally, we recognise that you don’t have to advocate every policy. You are free to disagree on particular issues: that’s freedom of choice.

Below are the topics on which we have formalised policy positions. Please click if you wish to see them:


Accountability Policy Articles Human Rights Policy Articles
Censorship Policy Articles Indigenous Policy Articles
Charter of Rights Policy Articles Justice Access Policy Articles
Constitutional Rights Policy Articles Policing Policy Articles
Criminal Justice Policy Articles Privacy Policy Articles
Death Penalty Policy Articles Refugees Policy Articles
Detention Policy Articles Sedition Policy Articles
Drugs and Alcohol Policy Articles Technology Policy Articles
Euthanasia Policy Articles Terrorism Policy Articles
Freedom of Information Policy Articles Treaties Policy Articles
Freedom of speech Policy Articles WhistleBlowing Policy Articles
Gender Policy Articles Workplace Policy Articles
Genetics & DNA Policy Articles
Government Reports Policy Articles Young People Policy Articles
Health Access Policy Articles Your Rights Policy Articles