Law and Justice

Legal Rights Persistently Undermined By Parliament
24 February 2017

Legal Rights Persistently Undermined By Parliament

The IPA’s latest report, the Legal Rights Audit 2016, was today featured in the legal affairs section of The Australian ($): An audit of federal legislation has found that the erosion of fundamental rights by the nation’s politicians shows no sign of ending despite the expenditure of millions of dollars on publicly funded human rights agencies. … “The extent to which
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New Study Finds 307 Breaches Of Fundamental Legal Rights In Federal Laws
24 February 2017

New Study Finds 307 Breaches Of Fundamental Legal Rights In Federal Laws

“The fundamental legal rights of all Australians are being persistently eroded under federal laws,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The IPA’s report entitled Legal Rights Audit 2016, authored by Mr Breheny and IPA Research Fellow Morgan Begg, was featured in The Australian this morning. It revealed that the legal rights
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Legal Rights Audit 2016
24 February 2017

Legal Rights Audit 2016

This report illustrates the ongoing erosion of legal rights that persists in Australia. This has been measured by an analysis of the content of all legislation passed by the federal parliament in 2016. Our research is an audit of Commonwealth legislation passed in 2016, building on research the Institute of Public Affairs began in 2014.1 The IPA’s 2014 report The
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Picking Judges
18 February 2017

Picking Judges

President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats in the United States are about to engage in political warfare about who will be their next Supreme Court judge. Australians should be envious. The American president fulfilled a key promise to conservative voters by nominating Neil Gorsuch to the court’s vacancy. Gorsuch is by reputable accounts an exceptionally qualified jurist, and an originalist
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Criminal Justice Can Never Be An Arm Of The Welfare State
17 February 2017

Criminal Justice Can Never Be An Arm Of The Welfare State

Crime is caused by people who decide to commit crimes. It is not caused by society. The criminal justice system exists to punish criminals and protect the community, not to fix societal ills. This is a very simple principle. But it bears restating because it seems to have eluded Rob Hulls in his commentary, published in these pages last week,
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Debate Must Be Embraced, Not Silenced
17 February 2017

Debate Must Be Embraced, Not Silenced

Australia’s race commissioner Tim Soutphommasane is taking on an Orwellian mission this week, telling members of parliament they need to keep free speech restrictions in place to protect liberal values. The debate over section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is heating up ahead of a parliamentary committee report into the law due to be released later this month. Soutphommasane
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IPA: 18C Repeal The Only Option
13 February 2017

IPA: 18C Repeal The Only Option

The free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs has today warned that only full repeal of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act would fix the problems with the provision that have been identified in the ongoing joint parliamentary inquiry into freedom of speech. Reports in The Australian today suggest that members of the Turnbull government are considering
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Revealed: How Your Taxes Fund The 18c Fan Club
3 February 2017

Revealed: How Your Taxes Fund The 18c Fan Club

One of the most obvious features of the parliamentary inquiry into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act has been the volume of government agencies and government-funded left-wing interest groups that have contributed to the body of submissions. These beneficiaries of government largesse are uniformly in favour of more government, and defending the existing prohibition of offensive, insulting, humiliating and
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Simon Breheny: Plurality Of Australians Want 18C Reform
1 February 2017

Simon Breheny: Plurality Of Australians Want 18C Reform

The IPA’s Simon Breheny discusses the findings of the Galaxy Poll which found 48% of Australians support 18C reform with 38% opposed.
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Highlights: The IPA’s Facebook Live coverage of Dr Chris Berg and Simon Breheny
1 February 2017

Highlights: The IPA’s Facebook Live coverage of Dr Chris Berg and Simon Breheny

The IPA’s Dr Chris Berg and Simon Breheny presented the case for 18C repeal to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights. The IPA was live at the hearing, here are some of the highlights.   Full coverage the IPA’s presentation to the Joint Committee can be found here: 
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