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…

Abhorrent and an afront

So the Austraian Federal Police (AFP) have now signed an agreement with Thailand to co-operate in criminal matters. Ruddock has said it will allow Australia and Thailand to assist each other in the investigation and prosecution of serious crime.…

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…

Terror

So Attorney-General Ruddock is threatening to override the recent ACT terror legislation. He feels our laws are flawed because we can’t preventively detain 16 and 17-year-olds and the AFP actually has to show that uses of its detention powers are n…

Ruddock rules, OK?

To citizens who value civil liberties and democracy, the move by the Federal government to over-ride the ACT Legislative Assembly anti-terror legislation is extremely disturbing. The ACT government modified draconian federal laws to be more in line…