Liberty Victoria Media Release on the Optus Data Breach

The Optus data breach demonstrates that our private data has not received the practical or legal protections that are required in our interconnected society. This particular episode is, however, only the tip of the iceberg.

The three key categories of personal information that were contained in the Optus data breach – drivers license number, Medicare number and passport code – provide keys to identity theft, fraud, blackmail and even potential danger for those in abusive relationships.

Voltaire Human Rights Award 2022 awarded to Brenda Appleton

Liberty Victoria is pleased to announce that the 2022 Voltaire Human Rights Award winner is Brenda Appleton OAM.

The Voltaire Human Rights Award honours a person or group of people who have made an outstanding contribution to free speech, human rights and/or civil liberties, with particular emphasis on progressing freedom, respect, equality, dignity and action.

Liberty Victoria Comment on the Inquiry into Extremism in Victoria

The Victorian Parliament's Legal and Social Issues Committee has published its report on the Inquiry into Extremism in Victoria. It's available here: https://lnkd.in/gKxym4Ub

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A legislative solution is the only way to prevent secret ministerial appointments

JOINT STATEMENT 1 SEPTEMBER 2022

The New South Wales Council for Civil Liberties, Liberty Victoria, South Australian Council for Civil Liberties strongly condemn the former Prime Minister Morrison's practice of secret ministerial appointments and welcome the seriousness with which Prime Minister Albanese is treating this issue. We join together to call for urgent legislative reform in order to ensure that such a practice never occurs again.

Liberty Victoria – Sitarah Mohammadi and Sajjad Askary win Young Voltaire Human Rights Award

Liberty Victoria is pleased to announce that Sitarah Mohammadi and Sajjad Askary are the 2022 Liberty Victoria Young Voltaire Human Rights Award recipients.

The Young Voltaire Human Rights Award honours a person or group of people who are no older than 30 at the date of their nomination for an outstanding contribution to or action on free speech, human rights and/or civil liberties, with particular emphasis on progressing freedom, respect, equality and dignity. It celebrates those who speak out, write, campaign, whistle-blow, take action, or a stand against authoritarianism.

Health Legislation (Conscientious Objection) Bill 2022 (Vic)

Comment on the Reason Party’s Health Legislation (Conscientious Objection) Bill 2022 (Vic)

1. Liberty Victoria welcomes the Reason Party’s Health Legislation (Conscientious Objection) Bill 2022 (Vic) (the Bill) and congratulates Fiona Patten MLC on its introduction. It should be passed.

2. The Bill is short and sweet. It significantly enhances the enjoyment of human rights, and reduces unjust restrictions on them. It makes two welcome and important substantive changes to laws in the health field.

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Liberty Victoria Policy on Climate Change

Climate change has wrought devastating consequences in Australia — bushfires and floods have caused significant loss of life and mass displacement; bleaching events have affected large parts of the Great Barrier Reef; and rising sea levels are threatening Country protected by First Nations peoples since time immemorial.  

Climate Change

Climate change has wrought devastating consequences in Australia — bushfires and floods have caused significant loss of life and mass displacement; bleaching events have affected large parts of the Great Barrier Reef; and rising sea levels are threatening Country protected by First Nations peoples since time immemorial.  

Criminalising Grossly Offensive Public Conduct

Liberty Victoria is opposed to the proposed new offence of engaging in grossly offensive conduct in public.  It should not become law.

The Bill seeks to respond to particular conduct by Mr Richard Pusey that understandably outraged the community, and in particular his recording of dying police officers.

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Letter to the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP - Call for Federal Charter of Human Rights included

The Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP
Attorney-General of Australia
By email: attorney@ag.gov.au
8 June 2022

Dear Attorney-General,

Congratulations on Behalf of the Civil Liberties Community in Australia

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