Teaching the wrong lesson about free speech

Lone teacher, by himself outside Parliament House, holding a sign: ‘Bring David Hicks Home’. Suddenly, the “law” descended, demanding name, address, driver’s licence and car registration details. Do security and police have the right to demand such information? What rights do Australians have to protest outside our own Parliament House?
Go to the story of what happened, CLA’s representations, and the response.

In that response, Parliamentary Services chief Hilary Penfold said security staff would be briefed about the limits of their powers. After waiting a month, CLA decided to test whether the briefings had sunk in…go to The Test and the Second Representation. Article
updated 17 June 07.

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