According to Rousseau, “man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains.” Traditional human rights and freedoms, such as free speech, freedom of association, worship and movement, self-determination and property rights form the foundation of individual liberty. However, individual liberty is not without limitations and pressures from state...More >
We are pleased to advise details of our Study Tour to Timor-Leste, departing 24 October, and returning on 4 November, 2014. The tour will be lead by AIIAV Treasurer Peter McMullin who is also adviser to the Foreign Minister of Timor-Leste. Peter regularly visits Timor-Leste, and during these visits has mentored the establishment of Timor-Leste's...More >
In the midst of chaos in their region, war on their Syrian border, and deep political division at home, Turkey elected former Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan from the Justice and Development Party (AKP) as President in August this year. Erdogan ran on a platform of a prosperous Turkey that will grow to be the 10th largest economy by 2023 and become...More >
Does the threat posed by returning jihadist fighters justify the Australian government’s new anti-terror laws?
The Australian Government’s recent anti-terrorism legislation has created controversy and raised the issue surrounding the nexus between liberty and security. Finding the right balance between protecting human rights and providing security has never been easy. The Federal Government has a responsibility to protect its citizens from potential acts of...More >