Submissions

Submission on Migration Amendment (Clarification of Jurisdiction) Bill 2018 - April 2018

In relation to the Amendment, it is submitted that: Avenues to commence actions in the Federal Court should remain open; The Federal Court is more suitable for hearing class actions than the Federal Circuit Court; The Federal Court is more suited to hearing significant migration appeals; The amendment is likely to affect human rights; There is concern about the complexity of the Migration Act provisions

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Supplementary Submission relating to AG’s amendments to National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017 - March 2018

Having examined the AG’s amendments, the CCLs maintain their initial view that they are significant steps in the right direction and improve some of the most dangerous aspects of the Bill. However, we also maintain our view that the problems with the secrecy offences go beyond the issues identified by the AG

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Submission to PJCIS Inquiry into the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017 - February 2018

NSWCCL worked with other councils for civil liberties through January and February to respond to the large, complex and alarming Espionage and Foreign Intervention Bill 2017 and the related Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform Bill 2017. These Bills encompassed much beyond foreign intervention and national security. They also encompass an extraordinary multi-faceted attack on civil society’s right to participate in public political discourse.

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Submission to New South Wales Law Reform Commission: Review of Guardianship Act 1987 - February 2018

We acknowledge that persons without decision-making abilities, or a limitation thereof, are vulnerable members of society, and such persons should be supported to make decisions concerning crucial aspects of their lives in order to be afforded an opportunity to live as  comfortably and freely as others. Hence, insofar as the draft proposals of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission (‘NSWLRC’) on its review of the Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW) promote these individuals’ civil liberties in both the public and private domains, we support the proposed changes to the current arrangements existing under the Guardianship Act 1987 (NSW).

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Submission to PJSCEM Inquiry on Electoral Funding and Disclosure Bill 2018 - January 2018

This Bill will not deliver the reform to electoral funding that is urgently needed in Australia. It will however, deliver a devastating blow to civil society’s capacity to participate in political advocacy and to the broad freedom of political communication.  

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Submission to NSW Joint Legislation Review Committee inquiry into Legislation Review Act - November 2017

The Legislation Review Committee (LRC) was created as an alternative to the adoption of a  Bill of Rights for New South Wales. It has not functioned well, and is no substitute for such a  bill.

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Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Committee of the Senate concerning the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 - July 2017

The Bill would create a class of permanent residents who are denied recognition as citizens. This cannot be to the benefit of Australian society. The extended powers create a high risk that they will, by error or design, be subject to misuse and the creation of unfairness. No Minister should  have such unfettered powers.

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Submission on Civil penalties regime for the non-consensual sharing of intimate images - June 2017

CCL supports a statutory prohibition at Commonwealth level of the non-consensual sharing of intimate images. Harm, humiliation and harassment of victims, through the actual or threat of non-consensual sharing of such images, has led to suicide in some cases.

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Submission to The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2017 - June 2017

a consequence of the proposed legislation is that Aboriginal people will  forego access to legal advice and/or a prisoner’s friend in custody. Access to fair trial  rights such as the right to silence and the privilege against self-incrimination will be  severely restricted, with the effect of unfairly incriminating Aboriginal people. Such a law  will almost certainly increase the over-representation of Aboriginal people in prison.

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Submission to Senate Select Committee on a National Integrity Commission - April 2017

It is from a public good perspective that NSWCCL supports the establishment of a broad based National Integrity Commission (NIC) as necessary for stronger and more effective anti-corruption action at the national level.

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