The secret trials and sentencing currently running in the Witness K and Bernard Collaery matter could – and should – be stopped instantly by the Attorney-General withdrawing his permission to prosecute. If he doesn’t the injustice of it all will forever be on his head. He has the perfect excuse: he’s too busy crafting a national integrity commission, and also getting the nation back on its commercial feet after Covid-19.
The Tasmanian government is downplaying how many people are upset by their transferring of all personal driver licence photos from Tasmanians to a national database without data protections laws in place. The government wrongly stated only 20 people had complained: the true number is 60 times that number, more than 1200.
Melbourne City Council is facing a conundrum: should people be allowed to vape in the open air? In the current State of Restrictions,Victoria, how far can you go in banning what health authorities say is a better option than people smoking? CLA’s submission will be considered at the Submissions Committee meeting on Thursday 2 July 2020 at 3pm.
Australia was first to mandate wearing bike helmets to enhance safety for bicyclists. But the fines have gone crazy, police abuse propensity is huge and, as usual, the poor suffer more than others. A bike fine can even follow you into later life, and cost you a job. The fines are examples of Executive regulatory regimes gone feral, two academics say.
Fifty years after Canada’s most recent police state imposition, two academics warn about the repressive history of laws brought in to cope with ‘emergencies’. Citizens must not give governments powers that are certain to be abused by later suspension of civil liberties, police crackdowns and, with today’s and tomorrow’s technology, electronic Big Brother surveillance.
People are asking: what are my righs in relation to the Covid-19 app? The answer: you have freedom of choice, to download or not to download. But there are many considerations, and long-time 60 Minutes presenter Charles Wooley takes us through the pros and cons to help you decide.
Students Austalia-wide are questioning why they should have software surveillance forced into their homes and their lives – without consultation – by the universities they are paying huge amounts to for tuition. CLA Director Eloise McLean reports on what’s happening at ANU…and there’s a petition to sign.
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.
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.
Vulnerable refugee claimants are at greater risk of catching Covid-19 illness because of where they are housed, and general poor nutrition and ill-health because of their poverty. Without incomes as the economy grinds to a halt, their plight is worsening. Meanwhile the Australian government appears to have a policy of deliberating slowing down their ‘day in court’ by appointing the wrong people to the main tribunal that hears refugee claims. CLA Director Jennifer Ashton tells the story.