Attack on liberties

It is encouraging to see a bipartisan report from the Federal Parliament’s Intelligence Committee recommends a wide-ranging review of current federal anti-terrorism laws.
The atrocities of 9/11, Bali and London understandably inspired fea…

Resistence to Torture

Objection to the use of legal torture in the interrogation of suspects and witnesses is deeply rooted in the Australian psyche, mainly on the score of cruelty. But surely its rejection extends to the basic principles of justice, not just humanity.…

Narrow view on jail

Politicians opposing the planned ACT jail ("Bipartisan attack on planned ACT jail", September 26, p3) are taking a narrow not-in-my-backyard view of prisons. As well as punishing those who have committed a criminal act, a prison has the…

Voiceless sit alone 23/7

While there are sensational media reports on the minor misdeeds of criminals on parole after serving years of imprisonment, no  attention is focused on the cruel, inhumane practice of keeping hundreds of prisoners in solitary confinement for 2…