Submitted by Liberty Victoria on Wed, 10/12/2016 - 12:47
State Government plans to jail more people will not make Victorians safer, rights group Liberty Victoria warned today.
"Practical experience of the criminal justice system has long shown that in many cases offenders who are imprisoned pose a greater risk to the community upon release due to the harmful effects of jail," said Liberty Victoria Vice President, Michael Stanton.
"That is especially the case with youthful offenders."
Liberty Victoria is deeply concerned about the gradual erosion of judicial discretion in sentencing and the move towards mandatory and/or more prescriptive models of sentencing. Part of that concern stems from the need for the legislature to carefully protect the separation of powers so that a strong and independent judiciary is able to ensure that justice is done in the individual case.
The Bill should be recognised for what it is – a significant threat to judicial discretion, the separation of powers and the rule of law.
The Councils for Civil Liberties (“CCLs”) have made a joint submission to the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor’s (INSLM) inquiry into certain questioning and detention powers (CQDPs) in relation to terrorism. Specifically, the review encompasses:
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 07/27/2016 - 16:57
A human rights group has swung behind doctors who want the right to disclose what happens in detention centres.
Doctors for Refugees has filed a High Court challenge to the secrecy provisions in the Australian Border Force Act, contending that the laws inappropriately curtail people’s freedom to participate in political communication around conditions and care in detention.
Liberty Victoria welcomed this critical development.