AG George Henry Brandis has announced that prosecuting journalists over spook revelations will be a mandatory political, not independent, decision. He should repeal the bad law instead. 30 Oct 2014
New and enlightened ‘sexting’ laws will prevent young people from getting criminal – and sex offender registry – records just for innocent selfie photographs. Other states should follow suit. 16 Oct 2014
WA Transport Minister Liza Harvey appears to suffer from the ‘Buswell disease’: an inability to sniff the wind of public disquiet, in this case over speeding fines. 28 July 2014
All states and territories should follow Victoria’s lead and ‘unconvict’ people suffering the consequences of old, bad laws which are now changed, Civil Liberties Australia says.
Purported policies for the March 2014 Tasmanian elections signal an imbalanced approach to rights. Politicians of all people should come down on the side of free speech, CLA says.
The right to choose an abortion, and to protest against abortion, are both important: CLA believes the Tasmanian government has got the balance about right in its new law.
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.
Young people are handing their their personal IDs to bouncers and bar staff under pub scanning regimes which mostly infringe privacy rules and principles, Bill Rowlings of CLA says
A new Unexplained Wealth Bill allows the state to seize property without anyone being convicted of crime, CLA’s Richard Griggs warns. States enact new money-grabbing laws because police fail to catch criminals.