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Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission


Commission to argue for Langer’s release on human rights grounds

Thursday 7 March .. '

Today in Melbourne the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission appears before the Full Court of the Court of Appeal to argue for the release of Albert Lartger.

“This will be the third time the Commission has appeared in Court on this matter,” says Human Rights Commissioner Chris Sidoti.' · / ν ' " · · “The CommlssioifwiU argue on human rights grounds that any further, detention of Mr Langer is unjustifiable and that his release should be Immediate, says Mr Sidoti. · > · · · .

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■In a smtement usued at tie tune of Mr U n g e 0 I n c a r c e r a t i o n ^ o m ^ o n M o th e r "in a statement issuea at tne time or Mr Langer s incarceration .me iS vonumssiun saw-me . provision in the .Electoral Act was anomalous and resulted in a violation, of the right to freedom of speech. Even if a custodial sentence were appropriate, no purpose would be served by detaining Mr Langer past the closure of polls on Saturday 2 March,” says Mr Sidoti.

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“In addition, the Commission called for urgent referral of the legislative anomaly in the Electoral Act to the Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Matters when the Parliament tls c o n v e n e d h e says. ;

Contacts: Human Rights Commission Chris Siuuii will be available from Syoiiry for comments or. the case at the end of the day's proceedings.

For further information or interviews please contact HREOC Public Affairs Manager Margie Cook on (02) 284 9677 or 018 114 498.

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7 March, 1893