Guardian of your rights

Though its provenance was humble and its opposition at times immense, the Council was a positive, powerful bastion of rights that many of us in that turbulent period recognised and immediately pledged ourselves to. – Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce, AC Governor of Queensland

Queensland Council of Civil Liberties: A History, 1966-2007

The Supreme Court of Queensland Library is pleased to present this inaugural volume on the history of civil liberties in Queensland. It is the twelfth title, in a series of books published by the Library, aimed at preserving unique aspects of Queensland’s legal heritage. Its social and political importance, in tracing the development of civil liberties issues and achievements in this State, will be widely welcomed by lawyers, historians and indeed any person with an interest in the protection of rights. The Library is proud to be associated with the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties and congratulates Eddie Clarke on conveying the significance of its work to the people of Queensland. The persistent dedication and enthusiasm of the Council President and members should also be acknowledges in bringing this value work to fruition.

Written by Eddie Clarke

The author taught in Queensland schools for many years before being seconded to the Educational History Unit of Education Queensland, for whom he researched and wrote about historical aspects of Queensland State education. He has authored three entries for the Australian Dictionary of Biography and other articles for education history publications, as well as co-editing two volumes of Soldiers of the Service that deal with the educational history of Queensland. At the end of writing this book, Clarke was so impressed with the aims of the Council and the integrity of its members that he became a member himself.

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