Author Archives: Ian Cunliffe
We often hear politicians spouting about ‘mutual obligation” – usually in the context of Centrelink benefits or the like. The emphasis seems always to be on what the recipient of benefits must do – not on the obligation of Centrelink … Continue reading
Australia is the only common law country with neither a constitutional nor federal legislative bill of rights. Only a few rights are constitutionally protected. For the most part, we have all the rights that Parliament and the common law have … Continue reading
Under cross-examination, Federal Environment Minister, Sussan Ley made two major admissions on ABC Radio National last Friday over the destruction of the two ancient Aboriginal rock shelters at Juukan Gorge. The shelters had been inhabited for 46,000 years, and now … Continue reading
When, for example, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) receives grants from the US State Department to undertake research projects it is an admission that it is engaging in conduct on behalf of a foreign principal.
Department head stubbornly avoids answering questions on the role of Robodebt and the death of Australians and whether she apologised for those deaths.
In an age when the Parliament nearly always does the bidding of the elected government and in a country which, uniquely amongst democratic nations, has no Bill of Rights, the courts are vitally important as a protection against arbitrary power.
We can’t communicate with the entity except on terms dictated to us, and those terms are often weighted against us. This trend is so universal it must be deliberate. It surely increases disillusionment and even anger.
On 4 August, my article described the surprising criminal law traps which lie in wait for anyone who is robust towards Centrelink in their defence of Robodebt victims.
Last year, a Senate inquiry into RoboDebt was told that more than 2000 people died after receiving their initial RoboDebt letter, many apparently by suicide. I act for numerous RoboDebt clients.