Geoffrey Robinson is in town. GR happens to be a human rights lawyer who the right would have you believe are fanatics seeking to protect their niche patch with their spurious suggestions for a Bill of Rights.
Ruddock doesn't like the idea. You can see him ranting in the SMH here.
Just when it seemed safe to be openly proud of Australia, the cultural cringers are at it again. This time we need to be ashamed of ourselves because Australia does not have a bill of rights. Forget the fact Australia is one of the world's oldest and most successful liberal democracies. Forget the fact bills of rights did nothing for enslaved African Americans or those persecuted in Stalinist Russia. No, we need a bill of rights to "keep up" with the rest of the world.
Nice intro from Ruddock there. 1) African Americans were slaves in the 1700's when the Bill of Rights came into being - slightly different political climate. 2) Anyone who seriously thought the Soviets were going to pay even lip service to human rights is deluded. Their suspicions should have been aroused by the mass killings that happened for much of its existence.
Some nice cherry picking from the Ruddockster. And why not. He's only the Attorney General. The is his game. It used to be about standing up for the law. Not anymore. How do we know? All the freedoms we have lost under this government. Freedom losses which pesky judges might have ruled against had their been a Bill established.
Bills of rights do not protect essential freedoms - all they do is present the very real risk of having judges imposing personal opinions as law, leaving everyone to guess about what the law might be.
Nice huh? Those fucking elites with their chardonnay and chateau la snooty.
Here's the rub.
Where would the Bill come from?
Who decides that?
What would a Bill do?
Enshrine certain legal freedoms that would have to be met by future laws to ensure the state couldn't fuck us over.
Why would we need that?
Because the state will fuck us over.
Is there any proof of that?
Let's see. Secret detention, detention without charge, unlimited amount of time to hold someone (with some oversight) until they've been interrogated for 12 hours, five years jail for telling someone someone else got detained under terror legislation.
The list goes on.
In a proper democracy, it should be the people's elected representatives, not an unelected elite, who make these kinds of social and economic decisions.
I have no doubt that if there were a national bill of rights, Australian judges would approach questions relating to rights in good faith. However, they would become involved - even if unintentionally - in making policy.
I suspect that those advocating a bill of rights in Australia have a different view from the Australian Government on difficult issues such as responding to terrorism and people smuggling.It's pathetic that the central law officer of the land writes such misleading cockheaded drivel such as this by inferring almost that it would be the nasty judges with their displeasing bill waving it like the hankie flapping 'I'm a Lady' character from Little Britain that would encourage the Muzzys to come get us with with a bomb or population bomb (little fuckers are breeding us out don't you know) - when it's parliament that would enshrine such a Bill in the first place.
Yes, a massive exaggeration, but look at him shaking is grey, grey head sadly at the idea that judges cannot balance the concept of protection and liberties and that therefore fear mongering arseholes like him and his dodgy crew are the only ones that can be trusted to remove the very freedoms the terrorists apparently hate.
It's beyond Orwell. Let's call it Llewro or something.
I will leave you with this. While its the state police doing this they are doing it on behalf of the federal police for APEC. See it here.
POLICE are contacting a number of "excluded persons" to tell them they are persona non grata in the Sydney central business district during the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum meetings next week.
Special legislation came into force yesterday giving police the power to ban unwanted people from the city centre during the meetings. It is in place until midnight on September 12.
Little by little the pendulum has swung to the executive and their regulatory arm. Arms like the police. More and more powers have been given to them to do things like access our computers without warrants and now exclude people who have not been charged with a crime from certain parts of the country.
Yeah, it's the judges I'm worried about.
UPDATE: As noted by Mr L, a judge struck down laws bought in by the Libs to make it so anyone who is in jail can't vote, restoring it to the previous condition of those with 3+ years to serve not voting - see here. How dare those judges look at a founding document - the constitution - and decide what shitty crap Ruddock et al did was unconstitutional. Fuck the bill of rights - lets just piss off the constitution.