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Anti-discrimination laws should go further

Penny Wright 20 Nov 2012

The Federal Government's proposed Anti-Discrimination laws should go further to cover other disadvantaged groups and remove entrenched discrimination, says Australian Greens spokesperson on legal affairs Senator Penny Wright.

"We welcome this exposure draft of the Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Bill 2012 and coming Senate inquiry, but will be seeking further improvements," Senator Wright said.

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Hiding from Hicks: major parties quash inquiry motion

Penny Wright 19 Nov 2012

The Federal Government and Opposition have continued to reject calls for an independent inquiry into the detention of David Hicks in Guantanamo Bay by voting down a motion from Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright.

Senator Wright's motion called on the Government to set up an independent inquiry into David Hicks' detention, treatment and trial in US custody and the role of the Australian Government.

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ALP and Coalition wilfully blind to US court ruling

Penny Wright 31 Oct 2012

The ALP and Coalition today joined together in an act of wilful blindness to vote down a Senate motion noting the recent US Court of Appeals ruling that providing material support for terrorism was not a war crime between 1996 and 2001.

In 2007 David Hicks was retrospectively charged and convicted of providing material support for terrorism within that period and this ruling casts serious doubt over the validity of David Hicks' conviction.

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US Court of Appeals, David Hicks motion

Penny Wright 31 Oct 2012

I move that the Senate
(a) notes that:

(i) the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently ruled that providing material support for terrorism was not a war crime between 1996 and 2001 and therefore could not support a conviction of Salim Hamdan;

(ii) in 2007, Australian, David Hicks, was convicted of this now invalid charge when he submitted an Alford plea through the US Military Commission system; and

(b) calls on the Government to recognise that there is doubt regarding the validity of David Hicks' conviction.

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Greens back Law Council call for repeal of excessive counter-terror laws

Penny Wright 26 Oct 2012

Civil liberties have been a casualty of the ill-conceived law changes rushed through parliament in the wake of the 2005 London bombings, Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said today.

 Echoing the submissions to the current review of counter-terrorism laws by the Law Council of Australia and other respected legal commentators, Senator Wright has called for the repeal of the preventative detention laws and other provisions that are contrary to established principles of fairness.

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Calls for Justice Reinvestment growing louder

Penny Wright 19 Oct 2012

The Australian Greens have urged the Federal Government to listen to the growing community call for Justice Reinvestment in Australia.

 More than a dozen individuals representing community and justice groups are coming together at Parliament House today to attend a roundtable hosted by Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright.  The roundtable will discuss the need for Justice Reinvestment in Australia and the importance of strong federal leadership.

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Government failing to live up to its own word on Hicks case

Penny Wright 18 Oct 2012

The Australian Greens today called on the Government to support David Hicks to appeal his US conviction, in the light of Tuesday's US Court of Appeals ruling that the charge he was convicted of is invalid.

 Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs, Senator Penny Wright, said that the decision by the US Court of Appeals confirms the long-held view of many legal commentators that David Hicks' conviction was illegitimate and he should now be given an opportunity to seek repeal of that conviction in a court of law.

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