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  • Fair Go: Human Rights right around Australia

    11 February 2024Fair Go: Human Rights right around Australia

    How close is Australia to having Human Rights Acts nationwide? Here’s a rundown by CLA President Dr Kristine Klugman. Her status report comes just as the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights is about to recommend a new federal framework for Australia’s national human rights regime. But all states and territories have active groups working to improve citizens' access to a fair go in their own bailiwick.

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  • CLArion Feb 2024: Human Rights report near finalised, ready

    1 February 2024

    CLA CLArion Monthly newsletterFebruary is a key month for human rights in Australia. Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights is finalising its report and recommendations after a year-long inquiry into the nation's human rights framework. Chair Josh Burns is due to hand the blueprint for the future to the Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus, by the end of March. Many issues in this CLArion will be top of mind as this report changes hands. They include treatment of Indigenous Australians, forensic disasters in laboratories and courtrooms, secrecy across government, and questionable cultures like those permeating police forces and others breeding in newly-emerging far-right groups. The crucial issue of homelessness is also likely to feature strongly. Other items in this issue include:

    • International report says Australia is failing its Indigenous people
    • Get your submission in by 16 February to SA Human Rights Act inquiry
    • Illegally detained refugees seek damages and fuller freedom
    • CLA’s Oz Day 2024 letter targets ongoing, increasing, forensic problem
    • WA and Qld under closer watch for abusing rights of Indigenous kids
    • Judge refuses to send boy to ‘barbaric dungeon’ jail over Christmas
    • Supreme Court judge charged in Tasmania…and in NSW
    • Nurses to stand for parliament
    • US using private sector tools to expand surveillance
    • 50 million criminal cases pending, 300 years needed to clear the
    • CCRC delivers exonerations after 50-year gap
    • Avatar suffers sexual assault

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  • Bike-riding equation comes out negative?

    4 January 2024

    Much-ballyhoed bike ’safety’ claims look somewhat different when subjected to a ‘whole-of-life(style)’ analysis by dedicated research Colin Clarke.  Do helmets lead to immobility and obesity, at a greater cost to public health than accepting accidents will happen whenever you poke your nose into the great outdoors? Why have $15 fines become $240 (when they should be about $35) and become a new way for police abuse by selecting poor citizens for harassment?

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  • CLArion JANUARY 2024: Human Rights come into closer focus

    1 January 2024

    Throughout Australia, politicians and advocates are increasingly acknowledging that embedded core values and standards are the bedrock of our society’s now and future well-being and prosperity. They drive trust and respect for each other and for our institutions, without which we disintegrate into disaffected camps focused selfishly, rather than on common challenges and the public good in times of stress. In other nations, these fundamental principles stand on the pillars of federal and state/territory human rights Acts. There are significant signs in this issue of the CLArion that Australia is headed in a firmly positive direction over the coming years towards a better and more rightful future for all of us.

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  • CLArion Dec 2023: Big year ahead for elections

    1 December 2023

    Elections throughout Australia will loom large in 2024, with four or even five possible. Their combined effect could alter the rigid two-party hegemony over the nation that has lasted across a century. Meanwhile federally, thinking politicians, advisers and academics realise that active steps are needed to restore integrity in the bureaucracy and people’s faith and trust in government. With doubts in the justice system about whether forensic science is delivering on its past promise, and whether the legal profession plays by the rules in courts, we’re in for bumpy ride in 2024.

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  • CLArion Nov 2023: CLA outlines Rights/Remedy imperative

    1 November 2023

    CLA explained in detail in October to the parliamentary inquiry into rights precisely why Australia needed to create a national Human Rights Act, to achieve a ‘Fair Go' for everybody and to help rebuild social capital and expand the national integrity network after years of significant stress. In examples of failed moral codes, the nation is paying Indonesian boat kids for our falsely classifying them as adults, just as Australia begins a new round of renditioning – kidnapping – asylum seeks to Nauru.

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  • Australia poised to do the right thing?

    12 October 2023

    Is the ‘notorious nation' set to finally do the right thing, and protect its citizens with a Human Rights Act? Journalist Paul Gregoire examines the current situation and 2024-25 prospects for a ‘bill of rights’ that includes accessible, consistent and clear remedies for any breaches by bureaucrats. 

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  • CLArion Oct 2023: Rights-Remedy law about to pass

    1 October 2023
    The first No Rights Without Remedy clauses in a Human Rights Act in Australia will soon become law. Anyone ACT resident who has a complaint about their rights being breached will be able to take a case for conciliation to the ACT Human Rights Commission. The breakthrough is establishing a model for a future national HR Act. Meanwhile (Walter) Sofronoff inquiries continue to dominate legal headlines: accusations of a missed core issue blight the Queensland forensics inquiry, while the former DPP suing over Sofronoff findings in the ACT will see a judge imported from Victoria to wrestle with some curly legal niceties…or un-niceties. 
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