The Real Deal in Parliament, helping to make law

CLA President Dr Kristine Klugman (foreground, left) and Elly McLean, with MPs and staff of the Religious Freedoms committee in the background.

Civil Liberties Australia member and first-year ANU law student Elly McLean was pleased to be asked to be part of a CLA team appearing before a parliamentary committee inquiry. She was able to experience first-hand how laws are shaped and honed, and how groups like CLA make submissions and take part in ‘live’ hearings, which are recorded for the formal Hansard report of parliament’s proceedings. Here she gives her impressions of her first committee experience…indeed, her very first visit to the Australian Parliament.

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