A.S.I.O AND THE SPECIAL BRANCH
The Committee for Civil Liberties expresses profound dismay over the report of the Hope Royal Commission on intelligence and security and the decisions of the Federal Government in relation to it.
"That this meeting deplores the ban on street marches in Queensland and the apparently indiscriminate arrests which followed the Anti-Uranium demonstration on Saturday 22nd October 1977."
That the Council for Civil Liberties supports the particular principles of the Anti-Discrimination Bill 1976 and stresses the need for legislation along these lines.
The Council for Civil Liberties is opposed to amending the law giving the Judge the right to comment on the fact that an accused person only made a statement from the dock.
N.B. As at the 1st September 1978 the Judge still has not that right and there are no present proposals to give it to him.
PRISONS, PRISONERS AND PRISON REFORM
"That the Council for Civil Liberties believes that prisoners should have access to their file kept by the Department of Corrective Services."
The prohibition of smoking on public transport was not a Council for Civil Liberties issue.
The Council for Civil Liberties regrets the decision of the Federal Government to proceed forthwith with the development of an Australian Uranium Mining and Exporting Industry.
The Council for Civil Liberties expresses its opposition to Part VI of the Atomic Energy Act 1953 and the Approved Defence Projects Act 1949 particularly Section 41. These provisions were a potential but drastic threat to freedom of speech and dissemination of opinion and knowledge relating to nuclear knowledge as well as to accepted principles of criminal justice. The recent decision to step up the mining and export of Australian Uranium has made these threats real and the Council for Civil Liberties urges the repeal of these provisions.