The Federation Press

Rights and Freedoms in Australia

Overview

Rights and Freedoms in Australia outlines:

  • how fundamental rights and freedoms of all Australians relate to familiar situations in everyday life: death of a parent, being a migrant, dealing with police and government officials
  • advice on how best to exercise your rights and freedoms
  • the limits of your rights and freedoms.

Specific areas covered in this accessible volume are:

  • freedom
  • welfare
  • dealing with government
  • rights against others
  • marriage and de facto marriage
  • aborigines
  • human rights.

Reviews

The contributors have presented a principled approach to an assessment of Australian laws and practices concerning civil liberties. The book will give to its readers the reasons why civil liberties are so important, and the intellectual tools for assessing our current position in Australia. - John Dowd, former Attorney-General, New South Wales

The first book to give Civil Liberties in Australia an authoritative voice on public issues ... describes the fundamental and unique civil and political rights of citizens. - Ron Castan QC

... a valuable contribution to the work for human rights. - Elizabeth Evatt AO

Table of Contents

Freedom in Australia

The fundamental freedoms
Melinda Jones
Privacy
Jennifer Nielsen and Tony Pagone
Discrimination
Beth Gaze

Welfare

Social security pensions and enefits
Peter Hanks
Medical complaints
Leanna Darvall
Rights of intellectually disadvantaged people
Terry Carney
Children
Terry Carney
Rights of landowners
Jude Wallace
You as an elderly person
Kevin Andrews

Dealing with the Government

Dealing with the Government
Beth Gaze
The Australian Taxation Office
Rick Krever
Immigration
Mary Crock
Local government
Yet Bryant
Complaining about government employees
Ian Freckleton and Hugh Selby

Crime

Police powers
Ian Grey
Prisoners’ rights
David Allen
Victims of crime
Liam McCarthy

Rights Against Others

You and your employment
Marilyn Pittard
Insurance
Guy Powles
Motor vehicle accidents
Francis Trindale
You as a member of a group
Tim Pinos and Sally Sievers
Unions
Stephen J Howells

Marriage: Aborigines: Human Rights

Marriage and de facto marriage
Martin Bartfield
Aborigines
Fr Frank Brennan
Human rights
CG Weeramantry

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