What's the State of Queensland

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Women in Queensland

Margaret McMurdo, President of the Queensland Court of Appeal, in a recent speech pointed out the lack of women appointments to the bench in Queensland. The Attorney-General responded by revealing … Continue reading

April 3, 2014

Crime & Misconduct Act Amendment Bill

The Queensland Government has introduced the Crime and Misconduct Act Amendment Bill and it is open for comment. There are already some submissions, including from Tony Fitzgerald QC and Robert … Continue reading

April 3, 2014

Something Must Be Done

In a shockingly accurate take on the state of Queensland, two recent posts from the UK highlight the reactionary nature of the recent raft of laws enacted here. On Love … Continue reading

December 22, 2013

There’s a new sheriff in town: Bumper Christmas wrapup

There’s been plenty of news since our last post but developments remain fairly consistent. The impact of the VLAD laws on the wider community was apparent as recreational riders were … Continue reading

December 22, 2013

Governance in Qld to 4 Dec 2013

Academic Ross Fitzgerald in an opinion piece in The Australian, has criticised the Newman government’s attacks on the judiciary. He argues that this will damage Queensland’s reputation both nationally and … Continue reading

December 4, 2013

News on bikie laws to 4 Dec 2013

Since the last post, recreational motorbike riders have come out in force to demonstrate against the Queensland government crackdown on outlaw motorcycle gangs. Rallies were held in other capital cities … Continue reading

December 4, 2013

Calls for upper house in Qld

Following the government’s sacking of the PCMC, Independent MPs have called for the reinstatement of an upper house in Queensland.

November 24, 2013

Interview: Former head PCMC

This is the ABC 7:30 Queensland interview with the sacked chair of the PCMC, Liz Cunningham.

November 23, 2013

Power & the inconvenience of truth: Fitzgerald

Tony Fitzgerald comments on the nature of democracy and the role of media, amongst other things.

November 23, 2013

Justice Fryberg Interview 22 November 2013

Here is the full interview of retiring judge George Fryberg, by 7:30 Queensland’s Matt Wordsworth. Justice Fryberg was the Supreme Court judge who sought clarification of the Premier’s remarks about … Continue reading

November 23, 2013

Week ending 22 November 2013

It’s been a big week – the last sitting week of parliament in Queensland, and many new bills introduced plus developments regarding the PCMC. Legislation The government passed further amending … Continue reading

November 22, 2013

CMC – Journalists’ Sources

This submission from 2011 canvasses the protection of journalists’ sources before the CMC.

November 22, 2013

Interview with A-G Jarrod Bleijie 15/11/13

In this interview with Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie, Matt Wordsworth questions the independence of the CMC in supporting the government’s VLAD laws and asks him about his turnaround on freedom … Continue reading

November 16, 2013 · 1 Comment

Policing and Punitiveness

This 1999 paper by Associate Professor John Pratt examines: current round of initiatives against sex criminals represents something more than a replay of traditional hostilities to that group – and … Continue reading

November 16, 2013

‘Anti-Fun’ Laws

The Queensland government has announced further new laws to be introduced to Parliament next week. Of note are provisions to extend police powers under the Police Powers and Responsibilities Act. … Continue reading

November 16, 2013

News: 16 November 2013

The last few days have seen further implementation of the anti-bikie laws, sometimes with surprising results. Three bikies entered a courthouse to give evidence in a trial, and were told … Continue reading

November 16, 2013

The Levellers (some history of civil rights)

The Levellers, according to Wikipedia, were a political group: during the English Civil War which emphasised popular sovereignty, extended suffrage, equality before the law and religious tolerance Here is a … Continue reading

November 13, 2013

1977 Qld – response to banning free association

This clip uncovers footage of street marches in Queensland during 1977-79 in what is described as the longest period of mass civil disobedience in Australia’s history. The Bjelke-Petersen ban on … Continue reading

November 13, 2013

What’s in the news: 13 November

Queensland anti-bikie laws are to be extended to regulate towing companies, gyms, second-hand dealerships and security firms. Tattoo parlours are already regulated under the Tattoo Parlours Act 2013. An alleged … Continue reading

November 13, 2013

CMC Inquiry – Report

Former High Court Judge Ian Callinan and Professor Nicholas Aroney handed down their report into the reform of the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission. This version is redacted. The press … Continue reading

November 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

In the news: 9 November

The acting head of the CMC, Ken Levy, has admitted to misleading parliament about his opinion piece in the Courier Mail late last month. It transpires he did have contact … Continue reading

November 9, 2013

Fryberg’s decision to stay bail appeal overturned in court of appeal

The Court of Appeal today heard the appeal against the decision of Justice Fryberg, to stay the bail application of alleged bikie Jarrod Brown. The Court allowed the appeal. The … Continue reading

November 8, 2013

In the news: 7 November

Motorcycle riders in Toowoomba donned pink vests as they rode down the main street, apparently in defiance of the Premier’s plan to dress imprisoned bikies in pink jumpsuits. (featured image … Continue reading

November 8, 2013

Criticism of Anti-Bikie Laws 6 November

Queensland’s anti-bikie laws continue to attract criticism. Amnesty International – laws breach international fair trial standards Castan Centre guest post – civil liberties unravelling Queensland Council for Civil Liberties – … Continue reading

November 7, 2013
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