Policy: 1978 Brief

A.S.I.O AND THE SPECIAL BRANCH

CM. 29.3.78.

That the Special Branch (of the New South Wales Police Force) be abolished.

That the Council for Civil Liberties consider there should be a form of judicial enquiry into Special Branch records and operation.

BUGGING DEVICES

CM. 25.1.78.

The Council for Civil Liberties is opposed to the extension to criminal activities, including those relating to marijuana, of phone tapping with or without the authority of the Attorney-General. "The Council for Civil Liberties reendorses its general policy on bugging devices as stated in the Policy Decision of the Committee Meeting of the 17th September 1969."

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION

AGM. 28.10.78.

"The CCL calls on the Senate Standing Committee on Constitutional and Legal Affairs to recommend substantial changes to the Freedom of Information Bill, 1978, which has been referred to that Committee for its consideration. It is the view of the CCL that the Bill requires major amendment if 'it is to provide members of the public with genuine access to government decisions that affect them in their everyday lives, but which are currently withheld from them."

HOMOSEXUALITY

AGM. 28.10.78.

"That a survey of employer and union attitudes towards lesbian and male homosexual workers should be considered and that a working group of Council for Civil Liberties members be set up to consider whether this might be undertaken by the CCL."

INDUSTRIAL DISPUTES

Letter from President of Council of Civil Liberties quoted "Civil Liberty" (June 1978)

Re Noel Latham: This Council recognises and abhors the hardship and indeed plain injustice of what has happened in Broken Hill; because these events have taken place in that town, Mr. Latham is now effectively denied work in his home town.

VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA

AGM. 28.10.78.

"The CCL recognises the right of a terminally ill patient to decide the time and method of death."