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Our adversarial legal system puts innocent people in jail...too often, says Evan Whitton. If we are not to reform the basic system, and adopt the better inquisitorial approach, we desperately need a Criminal Cases Review Commission to make sure innocent people can be set free from wrongful imprisonment.
Two reviews agree with Civil Liberties Australia: the excesses of the terror laws need to be wound back. Preventative detention laws should be abolished, according to the Independent Monitor of these laws. Rhys Michie gives a rundown on the two recent reports, tabled in Parliament in a way that would receive minimum coverage.
People frequently ask Civil Liberties Australia about the rights/wrongs of vaccination. This statement/article sets out our formal stance, and explains why and how far we support proven immunisation campaigns, as well as withdrawal of children from pre-schools and the like if important to prevent medical emergencies.
A new law which allows the correcting of miscarriages of justice in South Australia needs mirroring throughout Australia, academics Bibi Sangha and Dr Bob Moles believe. They explain how the law is needed for Australia to live up to our formal human rights obligations.
The more we make drugs illegal, the more people end up in jail, supported by the taxpayer at the cost of $300 or more a day. That's right, we pay about the equivalent of a top class hotel room every day for each person in jail over drugs. It's crazy, says Brian McConnell, who proposes a three-step solution.
Civil liberties and human rights lost out in Budget 2013. Not only did they lose to the police, security-like agencies and the spooks by not receiving funds, but some civil justice and human rights areas were actually robbed off promised funds to pay for excesses of security stupidity, like locking Australians out of their own major cities.
Increasing sex offender sentences to try to meet public expectations shaped by the media would be both unjust and never-ending, CLA believes. Instead, Richard Griggs argues, we need to better communicate the work of the courts so citizens are better educated about both justice and sentencing.
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More asylum boats arriving means more people in detention, and more mandatory Ombudsman reviews of people held for more than two years. Analysing these reviews show 68% of asylum seekers suffer mental problems because of, or made worse by, holding them in Immigration 'jails'. But the government fails to respond to half the cases when major health problems are identified. It's time the Minister was held accountable.