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.
The AFP’s special aviation police spend more time on luggage items than any other duty, and AFP formal documents are woefully out of date, a recent ANAO audit shows.
Catch-all bikie laws throughout Australia are bad enough, but the enshrining of new secrecy provisions in court procedures is a major concern for justice, Rebecca Ananian-Welsh writes.
We’re often asked about how people should react to sniffer dog searches: here’s a Q&A on whether or not to officially consent to a police search after being sniffed.
For all the absurdities of Queensland’s anti-bikie legislation, its bill cracking down on parties is probably worse, writes Chris Berg. Looks like no office parties this year.