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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Inquiry into Extremism in Victoria

Two dominant issues have contributed to a recent increase in right-wing extremism: shared grievances and crises of identity. The underlying social and structural issues that are fuelling systemic inequality, injustice, racism as well as a declining trust in institutions, government authority and the media all contribute to an understanding of why there has been growth in far-right extremist views within Victoria, Australia and globally.

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Submission to the Inquiry into the Application of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Australia

We welcome the opportunity to provide a submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee’s Inquiry into the application of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Australia (the Inquiry).

The Federal Government should develop a national program to implement UNDRIP and schedule it to the definition of human rights in the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Act 2011 (Cth), so that all new legislation is assessed for compatibility with it along with other foundational international human rights instruments.

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Inquiry into Children Affected by Parental Incarceration

Sentencing a parent or caregiver has a direct impact on a child, in particular where the caregiver is incarcerated and separated from their children. The imprisonment of a parent can have socio-economic impacts, compound pre-existing disadvantage and significantly affect their mental and physical health. Parental imprisonment can inflict different harms on children, including unemployment, substance misuse, low academic attainment and anti-social behaviour

Summary of Recommendations

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Liberty Victoria awards the 2022 Voltaire Empty Chair Award to Mehdi Ali

Liberty Victoria is awarding the 2022 Voltaire Empty Chair Award to Mehdi Ali, a refugee from Ahvaz, Iran who had been held in detention by Australia since 2013 including at the Park Hotel in Melbourne. He was held in detention by Australia for almost a decade, from the age 15 until he was 24. He has now been afforded protection in the United States.

Mehdi has been a powerful and tireless advocate for refugees and people seeking asylum in detention, including onshore detention.

The Proposed Ban of the Swastika in Victoria

The Proposed Ban of the Swastika in Victoria

The Summary Offences Amendment (Nazi Symbol Prohibition) Bill 2022 (Vic)

 

Liberty Victoria is deeply worried by the emergence of far-right extremism, but opposes the ban of the ‘hakenkreuz’ for the reasons set out in our joint submission to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS).[1]

Liberty Victoria Statement on the Federal Election

Liberty Victoria Statement on the Federal Election
 

As you are no doubt aware, the Federal Election will be held on 21 May 2022.

Liberty Victoria does not, and will not, endorse any particular political party or candidate. We do, however, make submissions and engage with the community on particular issues. We have, throughout our history, had committee members from across the political spectrum. We receive no Government funding, and depend on volunteers who care deeply about civil liberties and human rights.

Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project Calls for a Policy of Equality: Menstrual Leave and Flexible Working Arrangements for All

On Thursday 10 March 2022, Liberty Victoria’s Rights Advocacy Project (RAP) will launch its report, A Policy for Equality: Painful Periods as a Workplace Issue.  The Report shines a spotlight on the discriminatory and non-inclusive treatment of people who menstruate at work, and the social and economic advantages of changing the current approach.

The Report proposes reforms to the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and provides policy templates to be implemented by individual organisations and public authorities. 

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