Justice for everyone

The NSW Council for Civil Liberties (NSWCCL) was founded in 1963 with the aim of protecting the rights and liberties of persons in Australia and its Territories. It is now one of Australia's leading human rights and civil liberties organisations.

We monitor and fight against infringement of these rights and liberties and the abuse of power by government, its agencies and others. We advocate strengthening democratic rights and liberties. 

To this end NSWCCL attempts to influence public debate and government policy on a range of civil and human rights issues. We try to secure amendments to laws or changes in policy where civil liberties are not fully respected.

We also listen to individual complaints and, through volunteer efforts, attempt to help members of the public with civil liberties problems. We prepare submissions to government, conduct court cases defending infringements of civil liberties, engage regularly in public debates, produce publications, and conduct many other activities.

NSWCCL is non-sectarian and non-party political.

 

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Council for Civil Liberties condemns regulations allowing for bans on public gatherings

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NSWCCL supports changes to racial vilification laws

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CCL deeply concerned about anti-protest laws, but welcomes aquittal of 'Wollar Three'

The NSW Council for Civil Liberties (CCL) welcomes the dismissal of anti-protesting lawcharges against Bev Smiles, Bruce Hughes and Stephanie Luce in Mudgee Local Court onJune 5. The trio, known...

Review of police counter-terrorism powers missed opportunity to restore civil liberties

On Thursday, June 7, New South Wales Attorney-General Mark Speakman announced that the government would adopt the recommendations of a review of the Terrorism (Police Powers) Act 2002 by the...

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