Coronavirus Pandemic: Statements by CLA

For all the period of the Covid-19 pandemic, then in the longer-term recovery to normal phase, civil liberties and human rights must be integrated into every decision of all authorities. While a health and emergency policing response is vital, so too is ensuring that the maximum freedoms of Australians are respected at all times. Premiers and others are in danger of forgetting peoples’ rights matter too!

Let those locked up/down breathe fresh air

We lock people in quarantine so they won’t infect anyone else. But that doesn’t mean they should lose their right to breathe fresh air. A lockdown pair explain why it’s incongruous that upper floor windows can’t be opened occasionally, or supervised walks can’t be managed n a nearby park. Criminal prisoners get more fresh air than innocent travellers.

Trust is the issue when politicians want people to act

As the federal government seeks to influence people to download the C19 virus tracing app, it starts a long way behind square in being trusted. The problems are that Minister Stuart Robert announced the app using untrue statements, and the government has an awful record of being incompetent in safeguarding people’s data and privacy. 

Qld’s new Emergency law comes with inbuilt rights protection

Queensland’s four-month old human rights protection law is doing its job: in a new Covid-19 ‘Emergency’ law, there’s protection for Queenslanders because no provisions of the new law can over-ride the state’s Human Rights Act which came into force on 1 January 2020. Some other Australian jurisdictions should take note.

Former spook insider Wilkie tells PM ’No’ to app download

Probably the most knowledgeable federal parliamentarian on security issues, Andrew Wilkie, has made it crystal clear why he won’t be rushing to download the Corvid-19 app. Basically, he doesn’t trust the government or its cyber spooks. The former Army officer resigned as an intelligent analyst from Australia’s Office of National Assessments over misinformation given out by then-PM John Howard on Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.