With CLA’s ‘Better Justice’ plan being readied for launch in January, we have already moved to implement one key leg of the plan: hastening Australia’s ratifying of OPCAT. President Dr Kristine Klugman has written to the PM and all state/territory Attorneys-General asking them for rapid action to translate their promises into full commitment.
We also report on a major win in terms of the new Right To Appeal law being passed in Tasmania, and a major loss in that a Senate committee has recommended the merger – actually swallowing – of the Australian Institute of Criminology into the Australian Crime Commission should go ahead. There’s news of an emerging greater threat to privacy with a massively increased, government-run ’Facial Identification Service’.
Also in this issue:
- Nauru’s justice system close to breakdown
- Acronyms don’t hide the central govt spin and control
- Minister’s drug seizure boast is proof of increasing ‘war’ failure
- Reward whistleblowers to encourage more, says ASiC chair
- Senate pulls the turf from under feet of newborn lobbyists
- High courts rules ‘catch and release’ of drunks is legal
- Smiley Miley pic gets police into hot water
- Brits beef up snooping into ‘private’ browsing
- Violence is the world’s worst disease
- Female unionists targeted for murder
- Mexico to legalise all drugs
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