Statistics help pump up campaign

What came first? The statistics, or the election campaign? Qld’s police commissioner gives a none too convincing explanation on ABC Radio of why he released crime figures early. 26 July 2014

Rights and liberties suffer budget blow

The 2014 budget was of the ‘law and order’ variety, not the ‘rule of law’ variety where human rights and civil liberties receive balanced and equal treatment. Lean years ahead!

Monitoring…but govt fails to hear

The Independent Monitor of security law, Bret Walker QC, has done his job well…but successive governments are ignoring what he says, at our peril, Jessie Blackbourn writes.

Liberty loses in the Budget

Cartoon with thanks to John Ditchburn, InkcinctCivil liberties and human rights lost out in Budget 2013. Not only did they lose to the police, security-like agencies and the spooks by not receiving funds, but some civil justice and human rights areas we…

Was this dumbest media conference ever?

We used to have a reputation for ‘world’s best practice model’ in high performance athlete development, and for ‘cutting-edge sports science sports medicine’…but one crime commissioner and two ministers trashed Australia’s reputation and our ‘national…

ACC: drugs report flawed, woeful record exposed

The Drugs in Sport affair has so far focused on the ‘sins’ of sports people. But the real guilty party may be the accuser, the Australian Crime Commission. We warned Parliament in October 2012 that the ACC would destroy reputations, and was dangerous: j…

CLA has been warning about ACC

Civil Liberties Australia has been warning for more than a year about how dangerous the Australian Crime Commission is to Australia’s justice and democracy. We stepped up our warning in the past three months of 2012, and specifically warned in a documen…

ACC: Is it a competent body?

Civil Liberties Australia invites you to read these factual reports which illustrate some of the Australian Crime Commission’s track record, and shine a light on how competent, or otherwise, the Australian Crime Commission is. You be the judge.
The re…

CLA asks Privileges to end censorship…of CLA

CLA has been censored by a Parliamentary Committee, which is refusing to publish online a submission by CLA. The reason, the committee says, is that the CLA submission reflects poorly on a public official. But the CLA submission is merely reporting what…

Boffins should forgo bumps, promote freedoms

Rather than making their first recourse the banning or penalising of human activity, academics should seek constructive ways to help empower people to live fuller lives freer of restrictions, CLA’s Rex Widerstrom says. It’s time academia paid as much at…

FOI in Oz handicapped by two-speed approach

In a major annual review of FOI in Australia, Dr Johan Lidberg says we’re suffering from a two-speed approach with more than half the jurisdictions lagging. He points out the nation ranks as a middling muddler in how information publicly gathered and p…