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Julian Burnside,: Watching Brief : Reflections on Human Rights, Law and Justice

Watching Brief : Reflections on Human Rights, Law and Justice


The first decade of the 21st century has seen a sharp decline in respect for human rights and the international rule of law. The legal conventions of the new realpolitik seem to owe more to Guantanamo than Geneva. Australia has tarnished its reputation in the field of human rights, through its support for illegal warfare, its failure to honour international conventions, its refusal to defend its citizens against secret rendition and illegal detention, and its introduction of secretive anti-sedition legislation and draconian anti-terror laws. In Watching Brief, noted lawyer and human rights advocate Julian Burnside articulates a sensitive and intelligent defence of the rights of asylum seekers and refugees, and the importance of protecting human rights and maintaining the rule of law. He takes us on a fascinating tour of some of the world's most famous trials, where the outcome has often turned on prejudice, complacency, chance, or (more promisingly) the tenacity of supporters and the skill of advocates. Burnside also looks at the impact of significant recent cases - including those involving David Hicks, Jack Thomas, and Van Nguyen - on contemporary Australian society.

Can we reinvent The Lucky Country? In 1964, Donald Horne described Australia as 'a lucky country run mainly by second-rate people who Watching Brief : Reflections on Human Rights, Law and Justice free download pdf share its luck' in his iconic book.a Now, more than five decades later, internationally respected scientist and environmentalist Ian Lowe shows that little has changed after generations of short-sighted leadership. In his frank and fearless way, Lowe assesses the state of Australia in four key areas- our environment, population and society, geographical position, and unrelenting pursuit of economic growth.a Highlighting that the global economy and the environment are in crisis, Lowe illustrates the need u and the opportunity u to transform Australia into the world-leading model of sustainable development that we have the potential to become. A must-read, The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia challenges us all to consider the kind of future we want for our country and communities.

Author: Julian Burnside,
Number of Pages: 320 pages
Published Date: 01 Jul 2009
Publisher: Scribe Publications
Publication Country: Carlton North, Australia
Language: English
ISBN: 9781921372360
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