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Civil Liberties Australia

Civil Liberties Australia

CLArion April 2021: Bipartisan bid to restore power to Parliament

An unlikely pairing of two Liberal and Labor politicians are using the Senate Scrutiny Committee to rein in the ever-expanding power of ‘Executive’ Ministers producing legislation – about half of all Australian laws – that can change and expand under ‘regulations’ at the government’s whim, with the Parliament having no review powers over them. The Senators have taken the first step in restoring properly-balanced power between the Executive, the Judiciary and Parliament, as the Australian Constitution says it should be.

Other articles in this issue include:

  • World bodies release decade-long push over rights for the ageing
  • Corporate Australia pulls off a ‘Harvey’-the-rabbit disappearing money trick
  • Govt proposes draconian ‘Identify and Disupt’ powers over your computers and data
  • Did a sneaky CCC worm its way around a journo protecting sources?
  • Senator calls Australia’s ‘justice’ system ‘deeply racist’
  • Public corruption complaints rise 21% in a year
  • ‘Protect Everyone’: a new approach to making law
  • UK govt to license rape and murder by its police and spook employees

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Declaration of the CLA AGM held in 2021

eAGMThis is the formal declaration of the results of the 2021 Annual General Meeting of Civil Liberties Australia held electronically and by post, with voting occurring in March 2021. The attached item gives details of the voting to approve (or not approve) formal documents relating to the 2020 calendar year, and of Board Members elected for the period to early 2023.

Six civil groups want anti-protest laws voted down

Six organisations – including Civil Liberties Australia – are calling on Tasmanian Legislative Councillors to vote against the government’s proposed anti-protest laws because they are undemocratic, illiberal, unjust, dangerous and technically flawed. The upper house debate is due on Wednesday 24 March 2021. Among other flaws, the laws aim to silence the community, CLA’s Tasmanian Director Richard Griggs says.

The Arm of the Law, the Arms of the Clock

At the height of pandemic panic in 2020, a top national body tried to tell people which way to turn when exercising around a lake. The advice turned out to be superfluous and useless…but it raised the basic question of how far can governments make you go, and in what direction?

Mandatory C19 vaccination: ethical shot in the dark? 

What are the drivers behind the Covid-a9 vaccinations, its priority delivery, the seeking of herd immunity…and whether the vaccine must be made mandatory? In a special cooperative project, CLA and its expert members helped a team of students work through the dilemmas to produce a thought-provoking paper.

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