NOTE: This motion has already been put to the National Council and voted upon by email. See this post.
I am proposing that the National Council exercise their privileges under Article 5.2(2) of the Party Constitution to amend our Civil Liberties policy to include the following line in section “Remove existing laws which unduly restrict privacy, speech, expression and access to information”:
- Repeal the aspects of the National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (No.1) 2014 that have an unjustifiable impact on civil liberties, due process and the rule of law.
Pretty straightforward, makes our position clear, and it will still be voted on at the next National Congress (or Policy Meeting) but will be considered policy up until then.
This power has not historically needed to be used by the National Council, however it seems that this issue is of such a nature as to require an immediate and strong response to make it clear that we will not stand for such an immediate shift to an unaccountable police state.
I have also tasked the Policy Development Committee with providing information about the implications of this legislation change, that should be easy to digest for the everyday person. We are also beginning to make plans on actions relating to this change.
Please let me know what you think of this.