The Statute of Liberty

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Random House Australia, Jul 1, 2011 - Social Science - 256 pages
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The case for giving Australians back their rights, brilliantly argued by Geoffrey Robertson.The Australian people emerged from a polyglot mixture of nationalities and other races: a kind of human minestrone. Not only a race, but a race apart, thanks to the kindness of distance. What distinctive moral vision have we attained from the struggles and sacrifices of our forebears? If we are to preserve the part of our heritage to do with freedom, we must write down the entitlement of every citizen in a way that politicians and public servants will respect. That means they must be turned into law. If they are not capable of legal enforcement then they are not 'rights', they are empty promises. In this short book, Geoffrey Robertson QC puts the case for an Australian Bill of Rights cogently and dramatically, proving with evidence from other countries how a statute of liberty helps ordinary citizens and improves standards of governance and public services. He exposes the lies and urban myths the Australian people face from opponents of the bill, and shows how the charter he has drafted reflects the history and real contemporary values of Australians. This is a provocative argument for change, which explains that real democracy only exists if politicians give the courts power to defend citizens against abuses of their human rights by governments and public servants.

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Australia is one of the few western countries to lack a legal statement of its citizens rights. In this book, Geoffrey Robinson makes the case for a statutory charter of rights. The book is very much ... Read full review

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Geoffrey Robertson is familiar from Hypotheticals, Who Do You Think You Are?, The Justice Game, The Tyrannicide Brief and The Statute of Liberty: How Australians Can Take Back Their Rights. He is recognised as one of the world's leading human rights lawyers and he played a major part in the enactment of the British Bill of Rights. He has been credited with saving more than a thousand lives in obtaining landmark judgments from the Privy Council over death sentences in the Commonwealth. He was involved in the prosecutions of General Pinochet and Hastings Banda, and was appointed by the UN Secretary General as a 'distinguished jurist' member of their Internal Justice Council. He has defended John Stonehouse, Cynthia Payne, Salman Rushdie, Kate Adie, Arthur Scargill, Gay News, 'The Romans of Britain', Niggaz with Attitude', Julian Assange and a pair of foetal earrings.

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