Stanhope gets nod

Civil Liberties Australia congratulates the Chief Minister for standing up for the nation’s traditional legal system at the meeting of Australian governments, COAG. Mr Stanhope said the ACT would oppose a new double-jeopardy proposal, under which a p…

Define Pursuit

As the just released report of a comprehensive review of ACT Policing  ( CT July12) was based on information up to June 2005 it may not have noted  that Queensland is planning to curtail police-chases of drivers suspected of minor offences,…

A Lack of Respect

Medical practitioners used to take a Hippocratic Oath, affirming their obligation to do the right thing by their patients. Do/should members of the legal profession make a similar promise to respect the rule of law and honour the freedoms enshrined in th…

We should show a lead

Crispin Hull’s article "We’re all human and the next rights breach might be yours", July 1, pB7) is a salient summary of the last decade of Australia’s human rights record. Australia being signatory to various UN human rights treaties is me…

DNA and Public Confidence

As the various state and territory governments are bit-by-bit expanding the use of DNA databases, here are two suggestions that would increase public confidence (or make politicians think a bit more carefully a) To give public confidence in…

Civil Union

Attorney-General Mr Ruddock appears to have ignored the views of his own Liberal colleagues, Senator Gary Humphries and the shadow ACT attorney-general, Bill Stefaniak, in proposing to veto the ACT civil unions law.
No one in the ACT -…

Law needs reason

Katrina Williams’ letter (Letters, February 1) is strong on emotion but short on fact. She says she doesn’t know whether the judge or the law society is more wrong for the acquittal of James Cook, and she refers to the ACT’s "out of touch judges&q…

Liberties threatened

On Australia Day, when we proudly sing, "Australians all, let us rejoice, for we are young and free", we should also remember the Anti-terrorism (No2) Bill which was rushed through Federal Parliament on December 6.
Along with ma…