Dec 2020 CLArion: killings reveal much more than rogue soldiers

Much about wider military and general society is revealed by the alleged murders committed by special forces troops. Cover-ups and refusal to account for bad behaviour are rampant throughout politics and police forces, and strongly suspected among the security elite. CLA believes widespread change is needed to re-boot society, starting with a strong ICAC accountability …

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99.17% innocent…but punished? Petition available

By Kay Danes The current proposed action to strip all 3000+ Special Operation Task Group (SOTG) members of the Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC) will become one of this nation’s most significant examples of a failure in leadership should the Governor-General, David Hurley Note 1), give his support to the Chief of Defence Force’s request. The …

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November 2020 CLArion newsletter: skewed spending analysed

Criticise the federal government at your peril is the lesson from the 2020 Budget as the ANAO, ABC, human rights and other agencies suffer more funding cuts. Meanwhile funny money magically appears in ever-increasing amounts to continue the two-decade long expansion of security, police and intelligence agencies…even as state governments hand over our driver licence …

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Restoring trust: CLA calls for two initiatives to win back the people

CLA will appear before the Inquiry into Nationhood, National Identity and Democracy on Friday 13 November 2020. The inquiry is being held by the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Reference Committee. In its submission, CLA has told the committee two initiatives are needed to win back the trust of the people of Australia in our …

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How police first response skews mental health treatment

By Bill Bush* Police and the criminal justice system have grown to be integral elements in the response to mental health problems. The current Victorian Royal commission into mental health observes that police, preferably with ambulance and mental health crisis clinicians, have become “the default first responders for many people living with severe mental illness …

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Brewery party! But don’t ask ASIO to organise it

Jack Waterford, longest-serving chief reporter, editor and editor in chief of the Canberra Times, is probably Australia’s most credentialed, astute, federal, police and security watcher. He has lived the National Capital and its Community’s vagaries and inanities for many decades. Here’s some of what he had to say recently about ASIO (and the AFP.) Photo: …

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October 2020 CLArion newsletter: keeping liberties in emergencies

There are vivid lessons to learn for the next emergency from the current Covid-19 pandemic. We need to identify the right ones, so that for the next virus wave or national disaster we better incorporate maximum freedoms and individual compassion and care into a process where lockdown, quarantine, personal fines and repression were allowed to …

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