Organisation

Liberty Victoria

Description

Liberty Victoria traces its roots to 1936. For more than eighty years we have advocated for civil liberties and human rights. These are spelled out in the United Nations’ international human rights treaties, agreed to by Australia. We speak out when such rights and freedoms are threatened by governments or other organisations. 

Assaults on civil liberties and human rights by Commonwealth and State governments in recent years make our work more important than ever.  

We examine proposed laws and policies that may erode these liberties and rights. We believe that Commonwealth and State legislation should conform fully with Australia’s international human rights obligations and to rights embedded in common law. 

We do not take a party political stance, but the issues we tackle are often political. We advance our positions to whichever political party is in government and also to those in opposition and the independents. We pride ourselves on our independent, considered and carefully presented positions.  

By mentoring students and young professionals we develop the next generation of human rights advocates through the Rights Advocacy Project.

As a voluntary organisation Liberty Victoria relies on the knowledge, skill and commitment of our members, fund-raising and the support and participation of the wider Victorian and Australian community.

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17 May 2018
330

This report analyses the diversion schemes currently operating in the Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts of Victoria.

Report

4 May 2017
29

As this report reveals, ministers now exercise power that is mostly beyond the review of judges. Such power should be exercised humanely and in accordance with morality, not absolute law. Yet, this report reveals that this is no longer the case.

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2 May 2017
63

The notion of personal privacy in a digital society may be out of date. While many of us say we still want it, we willingly share our data – and dislike paying to protect it. Governments and online businesses covet our personal information. Meanwhile, almost...

Report

27 Apr 2016
45

This report argues that Australia must do more to address the culture of secrecy surrounding its immigration and asylum seeker policies. Secrecy increases risks to the health, safety, and dignity of people in our care and prevents the Australian public from knowing what is being...

Report

1 Sep 2015
22

Age determination is the gateway to child-friendly asylum. This report is recommended reading for all those who are engaged with the struggle – for that is what it still is, in many jurisdictions – to ensure child-sensitive protection frameworks are in place, functioning and accessible...

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