Criminal justice, police powers and mental health

Submission to Migration Amendment (Removal of Mandatory Minimum Penalties) Bill 2012 - February 2012

NSWCCL has made a Submission to the Migration Amendment (Removal of Mandatory Minimum Penalties) Bill 2012

NSWCCL supports the passage of the Migration Amendment (Removal of Mandatory Minimum Penalties) Bill 2012. In removing mandatory minimum sentencing provisions in relation to certain people smuggling offences, the Bill redresses a situation which has been incompatible with long held principles of justice which are the foundation of our system of jurisprudence.

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Submission in relation to the Inquiry into the Deterring People Smuggling Bill 2011 - November 2011

NSWCCL has made a submission in relation to the Inquiry into the Deterring People Smuggling Bill 2011.

We object to the attempt made in the bill to retroactively criminalise the behaviour of so- called people smugglers. People are entitled to certainty about what the law requires of them; but retrospective laws are arbitrary, and deny them that certainty. Imposing criminal sanctions on people for doing what was legal when they did it is necessarily unjust.

There also appears to be a discrepancy between the perception of assisting refugees to arrive by boat (of which safety is a concern), compared to by air (often considered ok).

Refugees are often fleeing persecution or undesirable circumstances and are subsequently highly motivated to 'move on'. Those who assist them should not be demonised on that account.

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Submission to the NSW Law Reform Commission's review on the law of bail - July 2011

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Submission to the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety on the Cybercrime Legislation Amendment Bill 2011 - July 2011

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Submission on Australia's Proposed Accession to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime - March 2011

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Submission on Bail Act Review - October 2010

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Further Independant Review of Part 1D of the Crimes Act 1914 - January 2010

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Exposure Draft of the Extradition and Mutual Assistance in Criminal matters Legislation Amendment Bill 2009 - September 2009

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Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs concerning the Foreign Evidence Amendment Bill 2008 - February 2009

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Submission to the NSW Sentencing Council Review of Penalties for Sexual Assault Offences - December 2007

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