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DFAT misses a chance to listen

DFAT misses a chance to listen
What were once excellent consultations by DFAT with NGOs recently became one-way lectures, from DFAT, to the detriment of everybody. Let’s hope it reverts in style next meeting. 11  Feb 2018
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Sending journos and ‘whistlers’ to jail

Sending journos and ‘whistlers’ to jail

The federal government plans more draconian security legislation, even as the cabinet documents farce mocks its own rhetoric. These are more over-the-top laws we don’t need. 4 Feb 2018

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Proposal for a Notice of Motion – eAGM 2018

Proposal for a Notice of Motion – eAGM 2018

A formal call for Notice of Motion(s) has been made for this year’s eAGM and any proposal will need to be lodged before 5pm 17 February 2018.

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A lemon remains a lemon when withering

A lemon remains a lemon when withering

The ’new’ Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is likely as bad as the original, but the text is still secret, so it may be worse. Ideology is over-ruling common sense. 2 Feb 2018. 

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Feb 2018 newsletter: Aged care inquiry is priority; danger lurks in police state laws

Feb 2018 newsletter: Aged care inquiry is priority; danger lurks in police state laws

A federal parliament committee’s inquiry peeling back secrecy around aged care practices will dominate early 2018. There’s also grave danger in the ‘creeping Stalinism’ of proposed anti-whistleblower laws. 31 Jan 2018

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Australia Day: Better Parl. Committees

Australia Day: Better Parl. Committees

The federal Parliament’s Committee system needs thorough overhaul, preferably by an external body, CLA believes. Which groups of MPs will have the courage to demand review and analysis.  26 Jan 2018

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Australia Day: Better trained judges?

Australia Day: Better trained judges?
Surgeons need double or triple qualifications, so do top academics; pilots need specialist training on each aircraft. Why is it that judicial officers alone need no secondary qualifications? 26 Jan 2018  
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Basques book: chilling lessons for now

Basques book: chilling lessons for now
The Catholic terroristl Spanish Inquisition, as described in the ‘Basque History of the Word’, holds chilling parallels to Australia right now, writes Stuart McRae. Witch hunts apparently never end. 21 Jan 2018
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Notice of Annual General Meeting (eAGM) 2018

Notice of Annual General Meeting (eAGM) 2018

The 2018 eAGM of Civil Liberties Australia Inc will be held in February and March. 5 Jan 18

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Jan 2018 newsletter: OPCAT to help change attitudes as liberties decline

Jan 2018 newsletter: OPCAT to help  change attitudes as liberties decline
CLA celebrates one success as OPCAT is ratified, opening up jails and detention centres to inspection, but much work remains to expose aged care issues and combat declining liberties. 31 Dec 2017
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