June 2020 CLArion newsletter: Can liberties and rights survive onslaughts from spikes of the Covid-19 pandemic?

Can liberties and rights we previously enjoyed survive the Covid-19 pandemic? Already the right to privacy has been formally legislated away in one Australian jurisdiction, while the Federal Court is under investigation for allegedly unlawfully revealing hundreds of asylum seeker names. As well, the government is blaming the pandemic for the absence of a much-needed …

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1245 Tasmanians complain about photo ID

Media release: 23 May 2020 On 22 May 2020 the Examiner (Launceston) newspaper quoted the Tasmanian Government as saying that “around 20” Tasmanians had complained about the transfer of their photo to a national facial recognition scheme. In truth, at least 1245 Tasmanians have complained, more than 60 times the figure provided by government to …

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OZ WORSE THAN USA

The US prison-legal system is twice as efficient as Australia’s, stats show. The American criminal justice system holds almost 2.3 million people in 1833 state prisons, 110 federal prisons, 1772 juvenile correctional facilities, 3134 local jails, 218 immigration detention facilities, and 80 Indian Country jails as well as in military prisons, civil commitment centres, state …

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City council on horns of smoking dilemma

Proposed banning of vaping in the Melbourne CBD Civil Liberties Australia (CLA) comments as follows, responding to the Melbourne City Council invitation for public consultation on banning electronic nicotine delivery devices or “e-cigarettes” in the existing 11 outdoor smoke free zones in the Central Business District. There is no evidence that brief exposure to e-cigarette …

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Bike helmet fines are enough to do your head in

By Bill Rowlings, CEO of CLA In a scathing article, two criminology academics eviscerate the senselessness and the quantum of the fines for not wearing a bike helmet in NSW. Professors Julia Quilter and Russell Hogg say the fines are way too high and begging to be abused by police. They can have long-term deleterious …

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