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The statute of liberty : how Australians can take back their rights

Author: Geoffrey Robertson
Publisher: North Sydney, N.S.W. : Vintage Books Australia, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Robertson
ISBN: 9781741666823 1741666821
OCLC Number: 277176244
Description: 244 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Over the sea from Skye --
Rights of humankind --
So-called 'rights' of Australians --
Advance of fair Australia --
Case for a statutory charter --
British experience --
Critics --
Statute of Liberty.
Responsibility: Geoffrey Robertson.

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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.

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