Sometimes, conservative governments can introduce liberties and rights that governments of the left can’t, Prof George Williams says. We should hold out hope for progress under PM Abbott.
A change in investigative and policing strategy is needed if the Queensland government is to win the ‘bikie wars’, says ex-sergeant and law/crime academic, Dr Terry Goldsworthy.
Attorney-General George Brandis has given Australia’s Law Reform Commission a huge task to review our ‘freedom’ laws, and allowed less than a year to do it.
Our personal privacy took a battering in the past year from our own government and the America’s NSA. What have Australians lost, and how do we get it back?
Will Tasmanians have to fill the streets to regain the right to protest freely? CLA Director Richard Griggs questions whether mandatory sentences and massive fines should constrain people’s liberties.
The Independent Monitor of security law, Bret Walker QC, has done his job well…but successive governments are ignoring what he says, at our peril, Jessie Blackbourn writes.
PM Abbott appeared to half-endorse torture when in Sri Lanka: CLA is calling on the PM to clearly and totally rule out torture…and Crikey agrees.
The UN Human Rights Council may recommend Australia abandons police investigating police. The UNHCR is expected to adjudicate within weeks on a dispute involving a boy being impaled on a fence in Sydney…and the outcome could end police ‘self-surgery’ investigations in Australia. TJ Hickey, a 17-year-old Aboriginal youth, was impaled …
The role of COAG, the Council Of Australian Governments, rightly comes under close scrutiny in an excellent research paper by Lynsey Blayden on behalf of the NSW Parliamentary Library. She says, politely, what Civil Liberties Australia has been saying for years: COAG is a blot on Australian governance, a corrupting, …
Cartoon: thanks to John Ditchburn, Inkcinct
Recent revelations of wholesale, systemic phone tapping by the USA and by police and spook agencies in Australia could be the camel that broke the elephant in the room’s back. Graham Macafee warns that self-ce…