Promoting people's rights and civil liberties. It is non-party political and independent of other organisations.
Civil Liberties Australia

CLA Policies

We stand for people’s rights, and go in to bat for everyone’s civil liberties. We monitor police and security forces, and the actions and inaction of politicians. We review proposed legislation, to make it better, and keep watch on government departments and agencies. We work to keep Australia the free and open society it has traditionally been, where you can be yourself without undue interference from ‘authority’. Over 2020-2025, we expect our main activities to be:

  • promoting civil liberties – a fair go for everyone – in Australia;
  • seeking reform of parliamentary processes and systems;
  • improving draft laws and contributing to parliamentary hearings;
  • correcting the worst excesses of anti-terrorism laws;
  • monitoring Australia’s ’spook’ agencies as closely as possible
  • helping to safeguard people’s data and privacy, especially in health;
  • cooperating with similar groups, for example (privacy, prisons, refugees, mental health, drug law reform, aboriginal rights, migrant rights,
  • whistleblowers, voluntary euthanasia, etc)
  • campaigning against the death penalty;
  • monitoring prisoners’ and detainees’ rights in jails, especially juveniles;
  • helping legal students research and analyse national and international issues;
  • producing a monthly email newsletter CLArion on key issues; and
  • creating a larger, more robust national civil liberties organisation

When you join Civil Liberties Australia, while we expect your support generally, we recognise that you don’t have to advocate every policy. You are free to disagree on particular issues: that’s freedom of choice. Below are the topics on which we have formalised policy positions. Please click if you wish to see them:

Charter of RightsPolicyArticles
Constitutional RightsPolicyArticles
Criminal JusticePolicyArticles
Death PenaltyPolicyArticles
Drugs and AlcoholPolicyArticles
Freedom of InformationPolicyArticles
Freedom of speechPolicyArticles
Genetics & DNAPolicyArticles
Government ReportsPolicyArticles
Health AccessPolicyArticles
Human RightsPolicyArticles
Justice AccessPolicyArticles
Young PeoplePolicyArticles
Your RightsPolicyArticles

Commenting …our policy

We welcome comments, for alternative views and to generate debate. We check comments before they are published, to make sure they are on-topic, family-friendly and in keeping with our publishing principles. To make sure your comments are published, please…

  • stay on topic
  • leave out swear words and bad language
  • be careful not to libel or defame any body
  • do not be -ist: (race, age, sex, etc)
  • avoid posting someone else’s copyright material, and
  • concentrate on the factual more than the emotional (though there’s room for both)

If your comments stray from these principles, they may not be posted, or may be edited to remove bits we find offending or inappropriate.

If you see something in a comment that you think is objectionable, please let us know your reasons.

We usually post comments at the bottom of articles, with a link off the Home page as well. But we may use them elsewhere, or as a separate article (we also reserve the right to not post them at all, at our sole discretion). See also our Terms of Use and Privacy policies links below.


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