Submission to PJCIS into the telecommunications (intercept and access) amendment (data retention) Bill 2014 - January 2015
It (mandatory data retention) would be a major negative step for a democracy. It will be a major intrusion every citizen’s right to privacy - including those not suspected of any unlawful activity. This will have major flow-on implications for other freedoms and democratic values. The combined CCLS consider it to be a step too far. We strongly oppose the policy concept and urge the Parliament to reject it.
Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the Australian Senate concerning the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014 - November 2014
NSWCCL condemns the proposed amendments to the Legislation, as it is clear the changes intend to punish those who seek asylum from persecution, and who arrive in Australia by boat. In doing so, this Bill perpetuates the myth that asylum seekers who arrive by boat are ‘illegal’ and have no legal right to seek asylum.
Submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the Australian Senate concerning the Migration Amendment (Character and Visa Cancellation Bill) 2014 - October 2014
The whole bill is so full of faults and poor proposals it should be rejected, the NSWCCL's recommendations are detailed in the submission.
Submission to PJCIS Inquiry into the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014 - October 2014
Councils for civil liberties across Australia (New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties, Liberty Victoria, Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, South Australia Council for Civil Liberties, Australian Council for Civil Liberties) have come together to make a joint submission on the Australian Government’s Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014 (the Bill).
Supplementary Submission to PJCIS Inquiry into the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2014 - August 2014
Dr Lesley Lynch (NSWCCL Secretary) and Bill Rowlings (Civil Liberties Australia) gave testimony at the inquiry's public hearing on the 18th of August 2014. A supplementary submission was subsequently compiled offering more detailed comment regarding the discard of ministerial oversight of particular intelligence sharing between agencies
Submission to PJCIS Inquiry into the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2014 - August 2014
The CCLs accept that ASIO and other intelligence and security organisations must have the powers and resources necessary for the protection of national security including protection against the very real threat of terrorist activity in Australia - consistent with democratic values. In our view, persuasive evidence has not been provided to justify some of the new or enhanced security powers being proposed in this Bill.
Submission to Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee inquiry into the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM) Repeal Bill 2014 [Provisions] - May 2014
The INSLM is an important independent position set up in 2010 with broad review functions relating to the intensely sensitive and complex area of counter-terrorism laws: whether these laws remain proportionate to the threat of terrorism in Australia and whether they contain appropriate safeguards to protect the rights of individuals. It is most inappropriate that such a significant statutory role was proposed for repeal in this covert way without forewarning, substantive rationale or public consultation.
Submission on exposure draft Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Freedom of Speech Repeal of S.18C) Bill 2014 - May 2014
The proposed amendments will dramatically narrow the definition of unlawful racist speech and the contexts in which racial vilification will be allowed are so broad as to include almost every context in which public racist abuse could occur. The Act will effectively be gutted removing vital protections against racial vilification that have worked well for 20 years.
Submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional References Committee (the committee) on the comprehensive revision of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act 1979 - April 2014
CCL made an extended submission to the Senate’s review of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act (the TIA Act). We emphasized the importance of privacy as a fundamental right, central to the maintenance of democratic societies and essential for the formation of dissent and the exercise of freedom. We argued that the 330,840 authorisations made in a single year (2012-2013) for access to data about people’s internet use and telecommunications were excessive, and that agencies should be obliged to apply for a warrant before being given such authorisation.
Supplementary Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters Inquiry into all aspects of the conduct of the 2013 Federal Election - May 2014
There is a need to reform the electoral system to ensure that it translates cast votes into a Parliament truly reflecting the collective view of voters. The following reforms must be made:
- Introducing optional preferential voting in Senate elections both above and below the line
- Abolishing group voting tickets for Senate elections
- Reforming the party registration system.