Data retention legislation is awful, but the Minister Dutton’s proposed ‘Refugee Riot Act’ breaks all the international rules about human rights of anyone, not just refugees, CLA says. 8 April 2015
Using secret police probes in a witch-hunt against journalists who reveal refugee processing abuses shows the government doesn’t believe in a free press, and doesn’t want informed citizens. 22 Jan 2015
A sneering indifference to the poor is no way to run prisons and the fines system, CLA says. Ministers should represent all people, not just the upper class. 13 Jan 2015
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.