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By Stuart Macintyre, James Waghorne

A desirable examine the historical past of civil liberties in Australia, this account deals an exceptional historical past to key civil liberties instances and a clean research of the typical legislations, human rights, and parliamentary democracy. From arguments over censorship within the Nineteen Thirties to present-day debates on essential sentencing, the concept that of civil liberties and its effect are mentioned, tracing the formation of the Australian Council for Civil Liberties and its state-based opposite numbers in addition to chronicling their involvement within the flow for legislations reform. via significant Australian old occasions, this e-book demonstrates how the country has been formed by means of civil liberties.

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27 The implications of the new wartime climate were first revealed in the actions of local authorities. The Mildura Municipal Council prevented trade unions from using its Town Hall to discuss the National Security powers in late 1939. 29 Police overseeing the meetings were alleged to have taken no action to prevent such disruption. The state secretary of the Communist Party in Victoria was Ralph Gibson, a brother of the recently departed Boyce Gibson. 30 The Council also met with the Victorian Chief Secretary and Chief Commissioner of Police, to ‘represent to [them] that the law authorises police to prevent imminent breaches of the peace by disorderly persons at meetings’.

He said that he had been informed by Evatt of the arrest of members of the NSW section of the Australia First Movement. 21 Blackburn’s allegation forced Frank Forde, Minister for the Army, to explain the government’s actions. M. Hughes, told parliament that: ‘We cannot make war in this fashion – blithering about the Bill of Rights and habeas corpus and things of that kind. R. (‘Inky’) Stephensen.

The meeting produced a statement to the press in support of a Trades Hall Council motion condemning the action, but nothing more. On 29 April the new Regulations were formally gazetted, and became law. Fitzpatrick was furious about this passive response. He argued that the Council ought to have made a personal plea to the Prime Minister and given publicity to this as the best means of having the Regulations withdrawn. indd 36 Liberty 12/05/11 12:13 PM of new members. This was the first annual meeting since the start of the war and many members, such as Margaret Battye in Western Australia, believed that the Council ought to cease campaigning.

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