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Author: ROL Staff

Magna Carta Film

He shoots… and he scores!! It’s a goal for liberty and democracy! The Magna Carta...

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Jury Trials and ‘the exclusionary rule’

“Finality is a good thing, but justice is a better” per Lord Atkin in Ras Behari Lal v King-Emperor (1933) Privy Council decision. The High Court in its decision dated 12 February 2014, Smith v the State of Western Australia...

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The Rule of Law and Civil Society

In a recent speech at the Great Synagogue in Sydney, Chief Justice James Allsop of the Federal Court spoke candidly about the need to value “civility, reason, fairness and justice.  … Civility and manners in social intercourse...

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More Mandatory Sentences in NSW 2014

The Crimes Amendment (Intoxication) Bill 2014 was introduced this week into the NSW Parliament. It increases the penalty by two years for a number of assault offences if they were committed by an adult who was intoxicated at the...

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Queensland Anti-Association Laws Update 2014

“What is needed is an understanding by both governments and the people that elect them that adherence to rule of law principles…is not negotiable” Kate Burns RoLIA CEO The impact of the so called...

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Mash-up: Mandatory Sentencing in Australia 2014

Recent events in NSW have focused attention on mandatory sentencing. This post brings together relevant information about current mandatory sentencing debates in Australia. Click on the links below to view material for the...

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RoLIA welcomes Rule of Law Audit

The Rule of Law Institute of Australia today welcomed the announcement by the Attorney-General that the Government would be referring to the Australian Law Reform Commission the task of auditing legislative encroachments which...

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