Debates about liberties and rights are back on the public agenda as the Australian Human Rights Commission launches a new study into how emerging IT is affecting us. The prospects are improving that Queensland will become the third jurisdiction (after the ACT and Victoria) to have a ‘rights and responsibilities’ act. However, hope in one area is squelched by the federal government’s intransigence when it puts the wrong people on trial over bugging the Timor Leste Cabinet room. As governments continue try to bury their mistakes, legally or otherwise, there’s more need than ever for the statutory requirements of the Model Litigant Principles to apply.
Also in this issue:
- New troop call out bill is alarming
- ‘No one else will do it for us’
- Targets for females…but not for MLPs
- ‘Brown paper bag’ opened for by-election pork barrelling
- Do parliamentary committees enhance our rights?
- Canadians troubled by detention of immigrants
- 200 women prosecuted for false rape claims
- Girl raped by brother jailed for having abortion