Law Society Journal - NSWCCL: A bridge between activists and the legal profession

The Law Society Journal has reviewed our documentary series “60 Years Strong.” They say: It’s 1963, and Australia and the world are in the early years of what would become known as one of the most tumultuous and divisive decades. 

The Civil Rights movement in the US reached a pivotal moment as Martin Luther King Jr delivered his iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, inspiring many worldwide to fight for their rights.  

Closer to home, conflict in Southeast Asia intensifies and will send more than 60,000 Australians in the coming years to fight alongside their allies in the jungles of Vietnam, sparking a period of mass anti-war protests and demonstrations worldwide. 

In Sydney, homosexuality is illegal, media censorship is rife, and police corruption is tolerated by what some describe as an authoritarian government. 

Members of the Kings Cross Vice Squad raid a party. Armed with fists, prejudice, no warrant and no good reason, the squad aggressively and excessively intimidate a young group of partygoers, leaving them frustrated, furious and yearning for justice and protection from an unfair system.  

The vilified group would go on to form the NSW Council for Civil Liberties (NSWCCL). 

Now in their 60th year, five solicitors recount their experiences in a video series published by the organisation. They each detail why they joined the NSWCCL and how it feels to be part of an organisation that believes the right to free speech, the right to come together in peaceful assembly and to protest unfair and unjust laws is essential to a functioning democracy. 

Read more here.