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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.

Charter of rights is “stone cold dead”

Charter of rights is “stone cold dead”

It now seems the Brennan committee report will not recommend an Australian bill of rights. How did such a good idea get bogged down in the fallacy that judges would abuse their power? asks Richard Ackland.

What a liberal Bill of Rights could look like

What a liberal Bill of Rights could look like

Let's call a spade a spade: the debate over Australia's Bill of Rights is really a debate on how government power should be limited, says Timothy Brown.

Bill of Rights: John Howard v Anthony Mason

Bill of Rights: John Howard v Anthony Mason

It is extraordinary that John Howard should be given any credibility when it comes to criticising judicial protection of rights.