Many groups, including CLA, are warning about the dangers of adopting Investor State Dispute Settlement: here the Chief Justice sounds the alarm to his fellow judges. 2 Sept 2014
Australia will have only 20 days to decide whether to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. Read some of these key articles: tell your MP what you think.
It’s not only spook surveillance by the USA that threatens our privacy: American domestic law is impinging on Australians’ rights to keep our tax and banking matters private.
A hush-hush trade agreement, being negotiated by 12 governments behind closed doors, is possibly the greatest current threat to the civil liberties of all Australians, Pauline Westwood writes
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?
The claimed parliamentary checks on Australia’s spooks are an illusory charade: police and security agencies ‘game’ MPs to make sure no-one asks tough questions about what they’re really doing.
The Queensland bikie laws are turning innocent pub drinkers with tattoos into ‘criminals’, and making life impossible for pub owners. Muddle-headed, badly-drafted laws always have unforeseen consequences
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, …
There’s a dangerous clause still lurking in the Australian Constitution which could be abused by an incoming federal government. A new government can disallow (that is, get rid of) any law passed in the previous 12 months, even it it has been formally a…
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…