Australia extradites with one hand tied, costing Aussies liberty

By Evelyn Duffy* A leading expert on transnational criminal justice has warned that Australia’s ‘no evidence’ model of extradition places excessive trust in the evidence-gathering processes of foreign justice agencies. We have to provide evidence, they just have to allege, he suggests, under Australia’s current model of extradition. Pointing to how this represents another example …

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September 2020 CLArion newsletter: CLA outlines vaccination policy

As the virus pandemic grinds on, people are increasingly questioning traditional daily Australian life, from how Parliament convenes (eg, with electronic access and voting, or not) to how we value older people’s lives during a Covid-19 disease which specifically targets them. Trust in politicians, already fragile before the pandemic, is dissipating even as state boundaries …

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Judge reminds AG of model litigant obligations

By Bill Rowlings, CEO of Civil Liberties Australia The big legal guns were robed and loaded with precedent for the Attorney-General in the Supreme Court of Queensland recently when the AG took on Russell Gordon Haig Mathews, a “man of very modest means” on a disability support pension. There was S Keim SC with G …

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Statements by CLA

virus media statement CLA 200401   Does the COVID-19 pandemic response measure up to our rights and liberties? June 2020 CLArion newsletter: Can liberties and rights survive onslaughts from spikes of the Covid-19 pandemic? Background Briefing Paper: COVID-19 Parliamentary Committees of Inquiry – a National Comparison Compiled May 2020 UN WARNS POLICE What Covid-19 is …

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August 2020 CLArion newsletter: Pollies, spooks fail to tell full truth

With another election season upon us, politicians and candidates are trotting out their ‘law n order’ fear-creating campaigns to gain election, not telling us that it costs taxpayers more than $300 a day to house each prisoner, which adds to the taxes we pay. Similarly, the security service heavies – notably ASIO’s – are spruiking …

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