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Dec 2016 CLArion: Mega-fails by govt show how balance has been abandoned

Dec 2016 CLArion: Mega-fails by govt show how balance has been abandoned
The two most recent national mega-failures – the 2013 WA Senate election and the 2016 census – show how unbalanced government is costing us dearly and presage worse in store. 30 Nov 2016
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Telling tale of two Senators

Telling tale of two Senators

The High Court’s consideration of the tale of two Senators – Culleton and Day – calls for a bench of judges to make a ruling for all time, says CLA’s V-P Timothy Vines. 8 Nov 2016

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Nov 2016 CLArion: Fears that govt will use tick-flick to bypass full TPP review

Nov 2016 CLArion: Fears that govt will  use tick-flick to bypass full TPP review

There are fears the Turnbull govt is planning to bypass an ongoing parliamentary committee review of the TPP agreement by gagging debate and ‘tick-flicking’ a formal vote on the treaty. 31 Oct 2016

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Mother laments lack of help for son

Mother laments lack of help for son
For 37 years following a difficult birth, a caring mother helped keep her son alive. Ultimately, though, the less-care and indifferent nature of the State saw him die. 20 Oct 2016
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Judgement is a dying art

Judgement is a dying art
Everywhere you look – parliament, public service, church, police – old-fashioned ‘;judgement’ and ‘common sense’ are lacking. And the situation is getting worse, not better, says Rajan Venkataraman.  5 Oct 2016
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My life, my death, my choice…

My life, my death, my choice...
Bill Alcock faced death in war, then with his wife. At 91, he knows his body and his mind. He can’t comprehend how ‘authority’ tries to control his last decision. 3 Oct 2016
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Oct 2016 CLArion: CLA outlines how to confirm marriage result with prior ‘law’

Oct 2016 CLArion: CLA outlines how to  confirm marriage result with prior 'law'

A proposal first outlined in detail by CLA would solve the problem of a binding same-sex marriage plebiscite – all we need is MPs with conviction and courage. 30 Sept 2016

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No need to make laws more complex

No need to make laws more complex
The Tasmanian Parliament should should not increase complexity by adding their proposed new anti-discrimation law amendments, Civil Liberties Australia believes. More law is not always for the better.  13 Sept 2016
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Bought for a pittance, MPs hide details

Bought for a pittance, MPs hide details

Australia’s federal MPs are for sale to foreign buyers…for very little, if the Senator Sam Dastyari purchase is representative. Prof George Williams comments it’s time to Act.

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Smoke clouds fair, trade agreements

Smoke clouds fair, trade agreements
Australia still awaits final resolution over its right to mandate ‘plain’-packaged cigarettes, with one case still outstanding even though more than $100m has probably been spent on legal fees. 2 Sept 2016
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