The Human Rights implications of the Electoral Disclosure Reform and Foreign Influence Bills
By Dr Adam Fletcher The Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017, along with the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017 and the Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme (Charges Imposition) Bill 2017, constitute a package of legislation designed to overhaul Australia’s political donation and covert lobbying rules. The Government’s aim with these Bills…
Government seeks to ramp up terror laws yet again
By Adam Fletcher Australia’s ever-expanding anti-terror laws were in the spotlight again last week when the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (JCIS) tabled its report on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2015. It recommended the Bill be passed, subject to a long list of amendments (20 in all). The report gives…
Andrew Forrest’s Healthy Welfare Card – A BasicsCard with added Human Rights?
By Adam Fletcher Last year mining magnate Andrew Forrest was commissioned by the Australian Government to conduct a review of Indigenous jobs and training. One of Forrest’s recommendations was a ‘Healthy Welfare Card,’ an idea which might be more familiar to readers in the form of the previous Government’s ‘BasicsCard’ (perhaps a new name was…
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