One citizenship for all Australians

There’s emerging agreement that the proposed citizenship laws are probably headed for the High Court, where the Australian government’s ability to strip people of citizenship will likely be curtailed.  2 July 2015

CLA Policy – Government Annual Reports

CLA has a policy of examining reports closely where resources allow, because not enough people – and certainly not the media – keep a close watch on what the government is actually saying, publicly. If you have a particular interest, please volunteer to keep watch on a particular department, agency …

CLA Policy – Censorship

CLA believes society should be free of censors to the maximum extent possible, with the proviso that we endorse protecting children from some content, but decreasingly as they approach their late teens. In general, adults should be free to choose what they consume using the five senses and, of course, …

CLA Policy – Young People

The issues facing young people are diverse, ranging from vaccination to sexting. In general, CLA’s position is to support the right of children in general, and the individual child in particular, wherever possible. However, the balancing act in relation to all civil liberties can be even more nuanced when dealing …

CLA Policy – Workplace

Individuals and groups should have the greatest possible equality in bargaining power, protection from discrimination or harassment, and the right to a safe workplace and to work free from the fear of arbitrary dismissal. Workers should also have freedom of association and the right to strike. Resources: CLA policy on …

CLA’s Policy – Public interest disclosure – whistleblowing

CLA supports the right of people to make a public interest disclosure – ie be a whistleblower* – for the good of the community, to safeguard individuals or groups and/or to ensure that wrongs are corrected. People in authority should respect, not penalise, those who take a stand against corruption …

CLA Policy – International Treaties and Agreements

Trade, treaty and exchange agreements must accord with all international human rights protocols. Agreements should not diminish the rights of Australian citizens, or subject citizens of other countries to lesser rights than those of Australians.

CLA Policy – Terrorism

CLA believes so-called terrorism acts are always criminal offences, and should be so treated. All measures to counter terrorism should conform with international human rights standards, conventions and laws and the customary Australian rule of law.

CLA Policy – Sedition

Some freedoms are fundamental to democracy, CLA believes: freedom of speech; freedom of conscience; freedom of assembly; and freedom of the person. Proper functioning of democracy also depends on government accountability (of elected representatives and their staff, and of public servants), people’s access to information and a fair electoral system …

CLA Policy – Refugees

Refugees and asylum seekers have basic human rights and dignities, such as freedom from arbitrary detention and reasonable access to justice. While being assessed, CLA believes they should be treated as if future Australian citizens, and not as if criminals.

CLA Policy – Privacy

Privacy is an inherent right, under international and Australian law.  No one should suffer arbitrary or unlawful interference to person, possessions, information or correspondence, nor attacks on honour or reputation. Resources: CLA policy on technology and civil liberties: see policy document.