Mandatory minimum prison sentences for ‘illegal’ protests are a mistake for both justice and practical reasons. Both ‘poor’ law and ‘poor’ taxpayers, says CLA’s Richard Griggs. 10 Aug 2014
Because politicians live in fear, they want all Australians to be constantly afraid: but, if you’ve done nothing wrong, why should your government spy on you? 9 Aug 2014
CLA proposes a sensible, consolidated Code of Security and Intelligence laws, to be drafted by security monitor Bret Walker, in this submission to a T’coms inquiry. 30 July 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
What came first? The statistics, or the election campaign? Qld’s police commissioner gives a none too convincing explanation on ABC Radio of why he released crime figures early. 26 July 2014
No get-out clause, no opt-out provision, no right of appeal. This is Queensland 2014: you can be guilty by association solely on the say-so of police. 14 June 2014
Boosters claim the Queensland ‘bikie war’ is won…but the special jail is empty, no rewards have been paid, and only ordinary motorcyclists have suffered the crackdown pain.
It’s astonishing that Australia, broke and sinking to its scuppers, can afford to create a new paramilitary force…but then, it’s an idea well past its first time.
The 2014 budget was of the ‘law and order’ variety, not the ‘rule of law’ variety where human rights and civil liberties receive balanced and equal treatment. Lean years ahead!
In commenting on proposed new unexplained wealth law, CLA agrees with Attorney-General George Brandis: reversing the onus of proof is not good practice, and should not be countenanced.