Civil and human rights

Submission to the Inquiry on Education Amendment (Ethics) Act 2010 - February 2012

NSWCCL has made a submission to the Inquiry on Education Amendment (Ethics) Act 2010

NSWCCL considers the introduction of secular Ethics Classes as an alternative to Special Religious Education (SRE) classes in 2010 to have been an important reform, going some way towards providing parents and children in public schools with long denied, secular options to faith based SRE classes. We are therefore, strongly opposed to the Education Amendment (Ethics Classes Repeal) Bill 2011. It aims to reverse this reform and reinstate the discriminatory denial of any alternative educational activity for children choosing not to attend faith based SRE classes: a truly anomalous denial of rights in public schools which are otherwise required by legislation to provide ‘strictly non-sectarian and secular instruction.

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Submission on Australia’s Fifth Report under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) - November 2011

NSWCCL has made a submission on Australia’s Fifth Report under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT).

NSWCCL endorses the proposed actions contained in the CAT report, and additionally calls for special attention on the issues of the treatment of incarcerated persons with mental illness/cognitive impairment and the effects of long term immigration detention.

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Submission to the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (the panel) - October 2011

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Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee concerning the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009 - August 2009

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Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee concerning the Australian Citizenship Test Review and Other Measures Bill 2009 - August 2009

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ICCPR Shadow Report on Australia's human rights record (for the UN Human Rights Committee) - December 2008

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Submission to the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture - July 2008

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Citizenship Test Review Submission - to the Citizenship Test Review Committee - June 2008

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2008 Review of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003: Response to the LIA Review Committee’s Issues Paper - May 2008

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Submission to the Clarke Inquiry in to the case of Dr Mohamed Haneef - May 2008

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