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Media Release: Lawyers question police independence following Santos sponsorship of Queensland police

posted on December 19, 2014

Lawyers in Queensland have joined the debate about the sponsorship of Queensland Police by private corporations such as Santos. “The independence of the Australian police is fundamental to our democracy and our human rights” said Nathan Kennedy, lawyer and President of Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR).  “The sponsorship of the State’s Police Force by … Read More >>

‘Accountability and the Law: Safeguarding Against Corruption in Queensland’ conference

posted on December 19, 2014

Accountability and the Law: safeguarding against corruption in Queensland Monday, 9 February 2015 Customs House Brisbane ‘Accountability and the Law: safeguarding against corruption in Queensland’ is a one-day conference which will examine issues of accountability and transparency in Queensland. Are Queensland’s laws and institutions equipped to ensure the integrity of government in the age of “being open … Read More >>

UN Committee against Torture condemns proposed changes to Migration Act

posted on December 1, 2014

The UN Committee against Torture has found Australia’s policy of intercepting and turning back boats is done without consideration of the country’s obligations under article 3 of the UN Convention against Torture. The Committee said the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 puts Australia at grave risk of … Read More >>

ALHR supports recommendations in ALRC ‘Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws’ report

posted on November 30, 2014

Australia Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) congratulates the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) on delivering the report, Equality, Capacity and Disability in Commonwealth Laws. Nathan Kennedy, President of ALHR briefly explains that “the Report advocates for a new “Commonwealth decision-making model” that emphasises ‘supporters’ and ‘representatives’ for people with disabilities rather than substituted decision making”. … Read More >>

Human Rights under the Microscope: Reflections on Parliamentary Scrutiny

posted on November 28, 2014

Date: 11 December 2014 Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm Venue: Law Society of South Australia, Professional Development Centre, Level 10 Terrace Towers, 178 North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia. Together with the Law Society of South Australia and the Public Law and Policy Research Unit of the University of Adelaide, the SA Branch of the Australian Lawyers … Read More >>

NSW Ombudsman report on preventative detention and covert searches

posted on November 23, 2014 Ombudsman report

The Ombudsman has completed a report about police use of terrorism-related preventative detention and covert search powers. https://www.ombo.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0015/20058/Parts-2A-and-3-of-the-Terrorism-Police-Powers-Act-2002-review-period-2011-2013.pdf

ALHR demands Federal human rights charter following High Court bikie ruling

posted on November 17, 2014

In a statement issued today Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) urges the government to protect Australians with a Federal human rights charter in the wake of the High Court’s rejection of a challenge to the Queensland bikie laws. ALHR insists the High Court’s rejection of the challenge highlighted once again the dangerous lack of protection … Read More >>

Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 does not reflect appropriate balance

posted on November 16, 2014

ALHR has found the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 does not reflect an appropriate balance between the government’s domestic and international obligations to protect its citizens from terrorism and its international obligations to preserve and promote its citizens’ fundamental human rights. In a report to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security ALHR submits it is essential that Australian anti-terrorism laws … Read More >>

Migration and Maritime Powers (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill incompatible with Australia’s international human rights obligations

posted on November 16, 2014

In a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 (attached below), ALHR has found aspects of the Bill incompatible with Australia’s international human rights obligations. ALHR recommends that the Bill not be passed. At a time when, more than ever, people require the protection … Read More >>