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Civil Liberties

Civil liberties issues concern fundamental individual rights, such as freedom of speech and religion, protected by law against unwarranted governmental or other interference.

How the law allows governments to publish your private information

Bruce Baer Arnold writes in The Conversation (15.3.17) that privacy laws in Australia need to be reformed promptly to stop governments bul... More »

Parliamentary inquiry into free speech resolves nothing, so 18C should be left alone

Kath Gelber writes in The Conversation (1.3.17) about how the much-anticipated report of a federal Parliamentary Committee has offered lit... More »

Change Section 18C? Critics should do this crash course first

Kath Gelber and Luke McNamara write in The Conversation (15.11.16) about some of the legal and practical detail missing from much of the p... More »

Human Rights Act for Queensland

On Saturday 29 October, at the ALP State Conference on the Gold Coast, the Premier announced that her government intended to introduce a Human Righ... More »

Overhaul of Queensland laws will legalise same-sex adoption

Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (6.8.16) on planned changes to Queensland's adoption laws to allow same-sex couples the right t... More »

Can religious vilification laws protect religious freedoms?

Rick Sarre writes in The Conversation (19.7.16) about legislative options available to bolster the defence of civil freedoms, in the face ... More »

Qld slowly working to give LGBTIQ community equal rights

Amy Remeikis resports in the Brisbane Times (20.5.16) on the progress being made by the state government to redress entrenched inequality ... More »

Why Australia legalising same-sex marriage makes good business sense

Mark Humphrey-Jenner writes in The Conversation (17.5.16) about the issue of marriage equality, and what part it might play in the federal... More »

Safeguarding democracy

Policy Online (23.2.16) carries a link to a Human Rights Law Centre report which urges Australia's political parties to halt the eros... More »

Minerals 'takeover' of the Queensland Government?

Chris McGrath writes in The Conversation (22.9.14): 'In shades of the Bjelke-Petersen era, Queensland mines minister Andrew Cripps made fundamental... More »

How far have we really come? Civil and Political Rights in Queensland

Hobbs and Trotter examine the Newman Government's legislative agenda, and illustrate that 'each reform is a step backward that unravels centuries o... More »

Professor Graeme Orr writes about hypocrisy and the freedom of speech debate

Professor Graeme Orr writes in Policy Briefing Online (12.8.14) that the recent debate over freedom of speech 'has mostly been self-serving.  ... More »

Too Much Order and Too Little Law 30 years on

'Too Much Order and Too Little Law 30 years on.'  Fr Frank Brennan SJ AO: address to the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, 8 July 2... More »

Dr Mark Lauchs: Fact Check on civil liberties and the 'bikie' laws

Mark Lauchs examines the claim that Queensland bikie laws will infringe civil liberties.  'The legislation specifically targets people who are... More »

Michael Cope on the bikie laws

Michael Cope wrote in the Guardian Australia on 6 November 2013 about the assault on civil liberties by the 'bikie' laws.  In the meantime, le... More »

Gabrielle Appleby writes on Queensland's bikie laws and the Constitution

Dr Appleby writes in The Conversation that the recently passed bikie legislation - and the way in which it was pushed through Queensland’s pa... More »

Ella Humphreys discusses the impact on civil liberties of Queensland's 'bikie' laws

This article, from The Guardian Australia, February 2014, discusses the impact of the new bikie laws.  'To associate freely, to speak freely, ... More »

Paul Syvret on the threats against ETU billboards

Paul Syvret reported in the Courier-Mail on 4 March 2014 about the Newman Government’s billboard fight with ETU.  One example of the gov... More »

Stephen Keim SC discusses the erosion of civil rights in Queensland

The Queensland Government is rashly legislating away fundamental rights and freedoms in order to obtain short term law enforcement objectives that ... More »

 
 

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