keywords: Civil Liberties

  • RELIGION

    Controversies forgotten amid 'boisterous' WYD celebrations

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 21 July 2008
    11 Comments

    Media coverage before a big event, be it World Youth Day or the Beijing Olympics, always focuses on defects and ideological conflict. Controversies regarding state funding and anti-annoyance laws aside, the young people celebrated WYD in their own way.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Anti-annoyance law will return to bite Church

    • Michael Mullins
    • 07 July 2008
    12 Comments

    The Church needs to go beyond the benign 'we didn't ask for it' excuse for tolerating the controversial World Youth Day laws, which it can only regard as convenient. Its own right to strident expression of its views is at stake.

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  • RELIGION

    Catholic teaching affirms freedom that may annoy pilgrims

    • Frank Brennan
    • 03 July 2008
    50 Comments

    The rights of free speech and assembly should not be curtailed because World Youth Day pilgrims might be annoyed or inconvenienced. The NSW regulation is a dreadful interference with civil liberties, and contrary to the spirit of Catholic Social Teaching on human rights.

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan's Cardinal Newman Lecture, March 2008

    • Frank Brennan
    • 24 June 2008

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  • RELIGION

    Getting the balance right after the 2020 Summit

    • Frank Brennan
    • 26 May 2008
    1 Comment

    The text is from Professor Frank Brennan's 2008 Institute of Justice Studies Oration from 22 May 2008.  

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Legal fusion the way forward

    • Binoy Kampmark
    • 12 February 2008
    7 Comments

    The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams might have tread more carefully when he suggested Britons might learn to live with some form of Sharia law in their midst. He was simply reiterating the obvious: thatlegal systems and obligations often have mutually sustaining andre-enforcing values.

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  • ENVIRONMENT

    Australia's answer to the Great Firewall of China

    • Kirstyn McDermott
    • 28 January 2008

    The Government's Clean Feed initiative will allow families to surf the Net without risk of stumbling upon adult content. But there is real concern that the definition of inappropriate content could be widened.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    War on terror fosters US anti-immigrant hysteria

    • David Rosen
    • 13 December 2007
    4 Comments

    A recent series of raids by the US Department of Homeland Security signals a new era of anti-immigrant sentiment in the country. This is rationalised by a false association of undocumented immigrants with the 'war on terror'.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Voting with instinct

    • Tony Smith
    • 31 October 2007
    1 Comment

    Some political professionals would like to see the state behave just like the market, operating as a heartless machine for maximising outcomes. However, truly rational electors realise that if the system is to be imbued with compassion and humanity, the heart must play a role no less important than the head.

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  • RELIGION

    Frank Brennan replies to Tony Abbott on religion in politics

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007
    1 Comment

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  • RELIGION

    Protecting human rights in the next Federal Parliament - Frank Brennan

    • Frank Brennan
    • 25 October 2007

    There are times when we Australians get the balance between national interest and individual liberty wrong, especially when the individual is a member of a powerless minority. One way of improving the balance is including the judiciary in the calculus, as has now happened in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    It's time for Australia to reclaim sovereignty

    • Tony Kevin
    • 19 September 2007
    3 Comments

    Australia has ceased to believe in a rules-based international order. Our increasing cynicism about the UN, and participation in coalitions with powerful world players, effectively denies our sovereignty. Rudd Government foreign policy would would need to involve more than fine-tuning.

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