Key internet links on Civil and Human Rights Law
This page provides links to law resources related to civil and human rights.
Key National Bodies
Attorney-General's Department human rights and anti-discrimination page.
Australian Human Rights Commission.
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade human rights page.
Australian Civil Liberties Union
'The ACLU investigates and takes up matters involving arbitrary government actions, police conduct, freedom of speech, freedom of association, censorship of the internet, censorship of books and films, and invasions of privacy; gives general advice on citizens rights by phone and through its annual publication Your Rights, and campaigns for law reform'.
Australian Human Rights Centre (University of New South Wales Australian Human Rights Centre). 'The AHRCentre aims to promote public awareness and academic scholarship about domestic and international human rights standards, laws and procedures through research projects, education programs and publications. The Centre brings together practitioners, research fellows and student interns from Australia and internationally to research, teach and debate contemporary human rights issues. The Centre also publishes the Australian Journal of Human Rights and the Human Rights Defender and hosts a number of seminars and events each year'.
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights
A network of Australian lawyers interested in furthering awareness and advocacy of human rights in Australia. ALHR promotes the practice of human rights law in Australia and works with Australian and international human rights organisations to achieve this aim.
Electronic Frontiers Australia
Promotes civil liberties of users and operators of computer based communications systems and 'is a non-profit national organisation that has been promoting digital freedom, access and privacy in Australia since 1994'.
Human Rights Council of Australia
A non-government organisation promoting human rights internationally and within Australia.
Liberty Victoria (Victorian Council for Civil Liberties)
Monash University. Castan Centre for Human Rights Law
University of New South Wales. Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law. Charter of Human Rights Resources.
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For further items, search the Parlinfo database. Although full text searchable, for copyright reasons some material on Parlinfo may be available only to those using the Parliament House computer network.
Asia-Pacific Journal on Human Rights and the Law
Australian journal of human rights
Early issues are available full text on AustLII
Harvard Human Rights Journal
Human Rights Quarterly
Human Rights Review
Journal of Human Rights
Halsburys laws of Australia. Title 80. Civil and Political Rights
Commercial publication (LexisNexis). Not available outside Parliamentary Computing Network.
The Laws of Australia. Title 21. Human Rights
Commercial publication (Thomson Reuters). Not available outside Parliamentary Computing Network.
Journal articles, reports, et cetera
2016 Australia's sixth report under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Has a substantial survey of implementation of human rights provisions to be found in several human rights treaties.
2010 Australia's Human Rights Framework (Attorney-General's Dept)
2003 Australia. Parliament. Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committee, Provisions of the Australian Human Rights Commission Legislation Bill 2003: report and submissions.
2001 Collection of articles on human rights from the University of New South Wales Law Journal, volume 24, 2001.
2000 D Clark, The Icon of liberty: the status and role of Magna Carta in Australian and New Zealand law, Melbourne University Law Review, 24(3), 2000, p. 866.
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State of Emergency
Defence Act 1903. Division 4-The calling out of the Forces. Sections 50D+
Defence Force Regulations 1952. Part 3 Aid to civilian authorities. Regulations 11A+
Recent amendments to the call out powers of the Defence Act include:
Defence Legislation Amendment (Aid to Civilian Authorities) Bill 2000 (Act no 119, 2000)
Explanatory Memorandum, Bills Digest, Second Reading Speech
Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills report
Senate Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade Legislation Committee report and submissions
The Military call-out legislation: some legal and constitutional questions (M. Head)
Defence Legislation Amendment (Aid to Civilian Authorities) Bill 2005 (Act no. 3, 2006)
Explanatory Memorandum, Second Reading Speech
Senate Legal and Constitutional Legislation Committtee report and submissions
2005 Calling out the troops: disturbing trends and unanswered questions (M. Head). UNSW Law Journal, v. 28, no. 2, 2005, p. 479-506
2005 Call-out the guards: why Australia should no longer fear the deployment of Australian troops on home soil (N. Laing). UNSW Law Journal, v. 28, no. 2, 2005, p. 507-522
2005 'To execute and maintain the laws of the Commonwealth': the ADF and internal security : some old issues with new relevance (C. Moore). UNSW Law Journal, v. 28, no. 2, 2005, p. 523-537
2004 Army history: aid to the civil power
Brief account of calling out the troops in 1890 and 1891
1978 Orders calling out the troops relating to terrorist activities, 14 February 1978 (Special Gazette, no. S 30) and 20 February 1978 (revocation - S 33). Copies available on request from the Library
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