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Why a bill of rights is still a long way off

Why a bill of rights is still a long way off

Crikey readers discuss the prospect of a national bill of rights, AFP raids and the mentality propping up refugee detention camps.

Australia lags behind the rest of the world on a bill of rights

Australia lags behind the rest of the world on a bill of rights

Recent incursions on Australia's free press have shown once again that, without a national bill of rights, liberty is treated cheaply in Australia.

Media raids prove that Australia needs a conservative bill of rights

Media raids prove that Australia needs a conservative bill of rights

Complaining about police raids on media outlets will achieve nothing. Australia needs a structural mechanism to curb governments and protect citizens and institutions from them.

Morrison tries, fails to court the popular vote with CIC

Morrison tries, fails to court the popular vote with CIC

Crikey readers discuss the government's proposed anti-corruption body and the Ruddock review into religious freedom.

Could religious extremists pave the way for a bill of rights?

Could religious extremists pave the way for a bill of rights?

The push for legislative protection of religious freedom could be a way to achieve a bill of rights that Australia so desperately needs.

Politicians’ contempt for liberties shows need for bill of rights

Politicians’ contempt for liberties shows need for bill of rights

Our political system is failing to protect our basic rights. A different approach is needed, one that doesn't rely on hacks like Daniel Andrews.

Against an Australian Bill of Rights

Against an Australian Bill of Rights

Libertarian and physicist Peter Rohde explains why enshrining a Bill of Rights into Australia's constitution would be a dangerous move, shifting power from elected representatives to an unpredictable and unaccountable judiciary.

Human rights: why we need a charter

Human rights: why we need a charter

Emotional, fear-mongering and ill-informed comments about a human rights charter do not make for robust, reasoned, logical debate, writes Mark Blumer.

Human rights: what is Rudd waiting for?

Human rights: what is Rudd waiting for?

Is the government backing away from introducing a bill of rights? In the absence of any serious negatives, we should expect a human rights act within this parliamentary term, writes Susan Ryan, chair of the Australian Human Rights Group.

Brennan: we want human rights protection

Brennan: we want human rights protection

The human rights ball is now with the government, with the core message of the Brennan Committee's report on human rights indicating that Australians want better human rights protection.