August 27th 2005

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FILM CLASSIFICATION: Child sexual abuse now allowed in films

STRAWS IN THE WIND: The wages of spin is ... death? / First, the good news / Indoctrinating Muslims, and others / Hacks and spivs

OPINION: The shocking reality of sex trafficking

CINEMA: 'The Ninth Day' - Priests who suffered under Hitler

CINEMA: The Island - Futuristic nightmare of disposable humans

Women in combat (letter)

We already have a Bill of Rights (letter)

NCP not to blame (letter)

BOOKS: BETWEEN PACIFISM AND JIHAD: Just War and Christian Tradition, by J. Daryl Charles


COVER STORY: Is Canberra listening to 'the real world'?

CANBERRA OBSERVED: Family First senator throws down gauntlet

WORLD AFFAIRS: Behind Washington's nuclear deal with India

THE WAR ON TERROR: Tony Blair's U-turn on Islamic extremism

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Quarantine and trade policy - a deadly mix

QUARANTINE: Citrus canker outbreak 'a national disgrace'

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We already have a Bill of Rights (letter)

by M. Mitchell

News Weekly, August 27, 2005

I refer to Bill Muehlenberg's "What is wrong with a Bill of Rights?" (News Weekly, August 13, 2005).

Is he aware that the William and Mary 1688 Bill of Rights (which marked the transition of Britain from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy, i.e., a republic) is still on Australia's state statute books, including the state of Victoria's?

Indeed, it has been used relatively recently in Queensland to defend an MP charged with defamation.

Other matters, such as the writ of habeas corpus and many common-law protections which we still enjoy, are to be found there, as well as the right to own and carry arms. One part is amusing as it could be interpreted as prohibiting on-the-spot fines.

M. Mitchell,
Bairnsdale, Vic.

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