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USA boasts of trade gains over Oz

USA boasts of trade gains over Oz

Is the TPP agreement good for Australia? No, definitely not…not if you read the website of the Office of the US Trade Representative in President Obama’s office. 22 May 2015 Read article » ...

Paranoid controls criminalise teaching

Paranoid controls criminalise teaching

Glaring examples of the counter-productive over-reach of the Defence Trade Controls Act are coming to light: here’s another one, as explained by Dr Daniel Mathews of Monash. 20 May 2015 Read article » ...

Govt urged to push against death penalty

Govt urged to push against death penalty

The Australian government should follow up the Bali state executions by leading an international campaign against the death penalty…and reining in the AFP, CLA and others say.  20 May 2015 Read article » ...

Learning lessons from the slaughter

Learning lessons from the slaughter

As the debate about Australia’s war history continues, it’s important to take note of diverse views…including from the views of those who believe the main lessons are being ignored. 19 May 2015 Read article » ...

Lost in time, a floating wave of people

Lost in time, a floating wave of people

The human flotsam of Asia is coming closer to our shores, questioning the cocoon we live in. A longer-term answer is needed, better than sending boats back to sea. 19 May 2015 Read article » ...

Trafficked women suffer doubly

Trafficked women suffer doubly

Some women who appear to be criminals are actually coerced into crime as victims of traffickers, says barrister Felicity Gerry, who calls for changed attitudes throughout the legal system. 14 May 2015 Read article » ...

Legal assault on Australian democracy

Legal assault on Australian democracy

‘Parliaments at all levels have been increasingly willing to enact laws that impinge upon basic rights and freedoms essential to the operation of (Australian democracy)’, say Prof George Williams. 13 May 2015 Read article » ...

Justice measured: one judge short?

Justice measured: one judge short?

The number of ACT local politicians is soon to go from 17 to 25, but the judges are stuck on 4, as they were a quarter of a century ago. 8 May 2015 Read article » ...

‘I did not know, I was not told…’

'I did not know, I was not told…’

Whatever is wrong with our democracy, it needs citizens to take charge and hold politicians to account, Dr Simon Longstaff told a Senate Lecture recently in a thought-provoking address. 7 May 2015 Read article » ...

AFP rules must cause a pause

AFP rules must cause a pause

AFP guidelines currently provide little restraint on police handing Australians over to potential death by execution overseas. Police should instead be forced to adopt and promote our human rights principles. 4 May 2015 Read article » ...

May 2015 newsletter: ASIO should be told: ‘You must keep your own secrets’

May 2015 newsletter: ASIO should be told: ‘You must keep your own secrets’

A new law allows ASIO to blame citizens or the media if it fails to keep its own secrets: that’s abandoning responsibility, CLA says. The law should be changed. 1 May 2015 Read article » ...

CLA urges compelling-only appeal test

CLA urges compelling-only appeal test

In a welcome initiative, Tasmania is reviewing how people who may be wrongly convicted can get their case back before a court. CLA is proposing improvements to the bill. 29 April 2015 Read article » ...