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  • RELIGION

    Lawyers' role in a democracy

    • Frank Brennan
    • 29 November 2007

    The power of the State can be exercised capriciously and unaccountably when the “Don’t ask; don’t tell” approach to government is immune from parliamentary, judicial or public scrutiny. It is the task of lawyers to make it more difficult for politicians to take this approach.

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  • RELIGION

    An eye for those who fall between the cracks

    • Bishop Pat Power
    • 25 October 2007

    There is a danger in today's climate with so many demands of compliance from government and even church that those in church welfare work can become so "professional" that they lose sight of the human persons involved.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Christmas Island lesser of two evils, but not good

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Compared to that on Nauru, the Christmas Island detention facility might seem to be surrounded by calm seas. But it is exposed by distance, and if a storm of government hostility to asylum seekers blows again, the processes of determining claims there appear to leave asylum seekers dangerously exposed.

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  • RELIGION

    Ecumenical sensitivity meets church law on women bishops

    • Charles Sherlock
    • 03 October 2007
    2 Comments

    The last pane of the 'stained glass ceiling' was removed last week for most Australian Anglicans. It turns out that a decision made for ecumenical and post-colonial reasons has enabled the change.

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  • RELIGION

    The impact of leaky asylum boats on the Federal Election

    • Frank Brennan
    • 19 September 2007
    4 Comments

    The Howard Government must be given credit for increasing the size of our migration program, including the refugee and humanitarian component. But the deliberations of civil society should provide a fair go for all refugees, including those who arrive by boat without a visa.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    More than enough ministerial discretion

    • Frank Quinlan
    • 22 August 2007
    1 Comment

    Flawed process and flawed substance characterise the Northern Territory emergency response legislation, which has been rushed through Parliament in the past fortnight. It raises major questions about whether our parliamentary processes ensure adequate scrutiny of poposed legislation.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Politicians should not put people in jail

    • Brian Toohey
    • 25 July 2007
    8 Comments

    Terrorism involves the ancient crime of murder. Dr Mohamed Haneef is not charged with murdering anyone, nor involvement in any murder. The ministerial prerogative exercised by Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews should not exist.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Passing go

    • Anthony Ham
    • 18 May 2007

    Migration hurdles

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Mahathir Mohamad embraces human rights?

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 08 March 2007
    1 Comment

    Malaysia's colourful former Prime Minister is setting up a war crimes tribunal, to "assuage the pain that has been suffered by so many people in Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan and elsewhere". Mahathir, it seems, hopes to reinvent the wheel, and a rickety one at that.

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  • RELIGION

    Confessions of a land rights advocate

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 December 2006
    2 Comments

    It could be time to think of abandoning the present system of native land title, which mainly benefits lawyers. A better system may be an arbitral system that declares what the rights of the parties ought to be according to the justice and circumstances of the individual case. From 16 May 2006.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Immigration amendments rejection a win for human rights

    • Phil Glendenning
    • 21 August 2006

    The Parliament has shown it is no longer willing to play politics with the lives of asylum seekers. But this latest victory simply maintains the status quo, and eight more people have been sent to Nauru in the past week.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    David Hicks' rights under natural law

    • Daniel Baldino
    • 10 July 2006
    9 Comments

    Howard’s legal positivist stance limits individual rights to the confines of a particular legal system. In the ‘war against terrorism’, there is no safeguard against executive excesses or the seizure by the state of absolute power, no basis to defend the dignity of human persons.

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