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Liberty Victoria newsletter
Michael Pearce SC This is my first President’s column in my second term as President. I was re-elected unopposed at our Annual General Meeting held on Monday 23 November 2009. Also elected to the executive were: Jamie Gardiner, Vice-President; Anne O’Rourke, Vice-President; Tim Warner, Treasurer; Jessie Taylor, Secretary; and Aggy Kapataniak, Assistant Secretary.
Stephanie Batsakis Australia prides itself on being the land of the ‘fair go’ and yet from an international perspective, this reputation has been tarnished by our recent human rights record. Persistent human rights violations across both Howard and Rudd governments demonstrate that a federal Human Rights Act is the only way to bring us into line with international human rights standards.
Jessie Taylor Since Liberty’s last newsletter, there has been a significant escalation in the game of asylum seeker policy. Perhaps it all started with a phone call from Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to his Indonesian counterpart, asking that Indonesian authorities intervene to prevent a boatload of Sri Lankan Tamils from approaching Australian waters.
Dr Larry Stillman Public perception of refugees causes razor sharp public anxiety with every boat arrival. Yet after rigorous scrutiny by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees or Australia’s Immigration Department, the vast majority of asylum seekers can in fact be classified as genuine refugees. Australia’s situation must be also seen from a global perspective.
Natalie Simpson Legal representation for victims in international criminal trials is an interesting and emerging field of international criminal law currently being developed through the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Governed by Article 68 of the Rome Statute, legal representation of victims is the practice of allowing victims of crime to have counsel represent them throughout proceedings.
Kate Mallinson The second Electoral Reform Green Paper was released for comment on September 23. Since 1918 the Commonwealth Electoral Act has only been rewritten once, in 1984, and consequently much of language contained in the Electoral Act is outdated, complex and in need of reform.
Tim Warner Should you visit a Medicare health practitioner in the second half of 2010, you will be asked to identify yourself from a list of persons who have similar names and birth dates. This will be the start of a new medical records system called the e-Health Initiative, designed to allow the smooth electronic referral of patients, patient records and the orderly transfer of pathology results.
Michael Pearce SC In a surprise but welcome move, a senior NSW politician has called for an end to the law-and-order auctions which have prevailed in NSW politics since the 1980s. And this was not just any politician but the NSW Shadow Attorney-General Greg Smith SC MLA.
Dr Alice de Jonge When the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act was enacted in 2006 it appeared that a new era had arrived in the relationship between government and citizens in Victoria. The Act was described by Professor George Williams as marking ‘a decisive departure, at least in Victoria, from the long-held notion that the best protection for human rights is the good sense of our parliamentary representatives’.