In a welcome initiative, Tasmania is reviewing how people who may be wrongly convicted can get their case back before a court. CLA is proposing improvements to the bill. 29 April 2015
A Bill, proposed by Immigration Minister Dutton would give contractors, trained to nightclub bouncer standards only, the right to decide when and how hard to bash refugees in detention. 22 April 2015
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
As threat of the execution of two members of the Bali 9 draws darkly closer, CLA has joined in a direct appeal to the Indonesian President for clemency. 9 Feb 2015
CLA proposed refugee solutions, and expanded the investigation’s reporting scope, when appearing before the Manus Island Riot Death Inquiry at Parliament House. 17 June 2014
AG Brandis’ first proposal to change freedom/racial discrimination speech law under s18C earned a B-minus, CLA says. Please try again, this time including a right of reply mechanism.
Shared responsibility for classification is reasonable, CLA says, but law enforcement should never have the power to determine the content classification of books, films or computer games.
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.
While MPs fly, sail and ski off to their holidays, they leave behind masses of work for voluntary bodies over the break. Oh, and they are getting paid, we aren’t.
IP Australia must give proper weighting to community rights in deciding the formal ‘objects’ for the Patents Act. Australia must also be free to address clear societal need.