John Bennett


Australian Civil Liberties Union



The ACLU President, John Bennett, worked for the Victorian Legal Aid

Commission and its predecessors for 1974 to 1996 and was the secretary of

the Victorian Council for Civil Liberties (now Liberty Victoria) since it

was founded in 1966 until 1980 when he became President of the ACLU.


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The Australian Civil Liberties Union, which was founded in 1980 and has

about 250 members, investigates and takes up matters involving arbitrary

government, police conduct, freedom of speech, invasions of privacy and

freedom of association; gives general advice on citizens' rights; campaigns

for law reform;and gives assistance in court proceedings.


The ACLU publishes Your Rights, the most commonly used layman's guide to the

law in Australia. More than 500,000 copies of this pamphlet have been sold

or given away since it was first published.


A review in the Law Institute Journal said that "Your Rights 1999 is an

extraordinary publication- a must read for just about everyone."


Recent activities of the ACLU include providing assistance this year for a

landmark appeal to the full Federal Court, Fredrick Töben v Jeremy Jones , in a case involving censorship of

the Internet, taking up various cases of alleged police

misconduct,commenting on some aspects of the Hollingworth case, and making

representations on issues such as anti terrorist legislation.


The ACLU can be contacted on (03) 93478671, or (03)95341314.

The 2003 edition of Your Rights is on the ACLU website www.go to/aclu.

To join the ACLU forward a cheque for $20-00 to


PO Box 1137

Carlton 3053


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