Never-ending inquiry into religion to keep on keeping on

The federal government is likely to keep inquiring into religious freedoms in the new parliament from May 2019, because it can’t make up its mind how to reconcile giving priority to Christian religious beliefs in a secular society mandated by the Australian Constitution. The latest of many inquiries has just reported, and it at least had the good grace to quote the sensible observations of CLA.

‘Victory’ is costly under ISDS

The government continues to commit the nation to expensive litigation under the Investor State Dispute Settlement regime. Many years after the event, the true cost of the spurious Philip Morris claim against Australia for plain packaging of cigarettes is now known. We won, but paid a heavy price we should never have been liable for.

April 2019: Six-year CLA battle helps earn Neill-Fraser appeal over her 23-year sentence for murder

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    Declaration of CLA’s 2019 Annual General Meeting and comments

    More than half the Members eligible to vote took part in the Annual General Meeting, held in March 2019, of Civil Liberties Australia. CLA holds its AGM electronically and by post so that Members scattered throughout Australia can participate. Many Members also commented on how the organisation is operating – their comments are included with the formal Declaration of the AGM process.

    High Court kills Prasad

    The High Court of Australia has engaged in specious, circular reasoning to kill off the old ‘Prasad Direction’, which could see unworthy criminal charges cut short in court, barrister Jack Pappas says. Now it’s time for the Attorney-General to pass a new law reinstating ‘Prasad, or to give judges new powers to end a trial at any stage.

    Hear the SUE NEILL-FRASER story first-hand in Canberra

    Psychologist and film producer Eve Ash, who has been researching and filming the SUE NEILL-FRASER miscarriage of justice in Tasmania for eight years, will tell the story behind the TV doco and what comes next after Thursday’s newly-granted appeal. She will also take your questions about the case.  12.30–2pm on Wed 27 March 2019 at the ACT Legislative Assembly reception hall in Canberra.

    Sue Neill-Fraser wins her case for a new appeal

    Sue Neill-Fraser, in Risdon Prison for 9 1/2 years of a 23-year sentence for murdering her husband, has won her case in the Supreme Court of Tasmania for a new appeal before three senior judges, who may be drawn from outside the island state. Civil Liberties Australia was instrumental in securing the new law in Tasmania, passed in late 2015, that allowed her to appeal. She should be released from jail now,CLA believes, anticipating that she will be found to be as completely innocent of the crime as she has always said she was

    Will the High Court censor 2 million Australians?

    A case in the High Court crucial to freedom of speech in Australia will be heard in the next fortnight. Michaela Banerji was sacked for tweeting anonymous criticism of the Immigration Department when she worked there. Was the sacking fair, or does she have a constitutional right to anonymous comment? Two million Australians – and a general right to free speech – await the answer, Kieran Pender writes.