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Thirty Years on, Do we need a Bill of Rights?

Frank Brennan
Date and time: 
20 September, 1996 - 13:00

"Having spent much of the last fifteen years engaged in public advocacy of Aboriginal rights and pleading equal protection of the laws and due process of law prior to any state-authorised interference with the lives, liberty and property of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders, I have been attracted to a bill of rights which enhances the capacity of courts to judicially review executive and legislative power as in the United States. Having spent six months watching the US Supreme Court in action, I have changed my mind. This is the first opportunity I have to detail my concerns. Before civil libertarians label my Fulbright to Washington a road to Damascus in reverse, might I make clear, I do not return as an apologist for the status quo in Australia."


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