National agreement on redress for survivors of child sexual abuse must be delivered

Federal Labor is concerned by a lack of progress in securing an agreement on a national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, following today’s meeting between the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter and state attorneys-general.

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Brandis is no saviour of the Family Courts

After spending four years attacking free legal assistance, resisting cross-examination reform and creating crushing backlogs in the work of the court system, George Brandis’s self-proclaimed reinvention as the saviour of the family court system is galling.

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Brandis mishandling delays Native Title Bill

The incompetence of George Brandis has today prevented important native title reforms being passed through the Parliament.

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Cross-examination reform welcome, but where's the money?

The Turnbull Government has taken three years to accept the Productivity Commission’s 2014 recommendation to stop alleged domestic violence perpetrators from personally cross-examining their victims, after arguing for more than a year the changes were not necessary.

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Plebiscite is back from the dead

Not all the zombie budget measures were destroyed in last night’s unfair budget – unbelievably, the Turnbull government has brought the marriage equality plebiscite back from the dead.

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Plain packaging laws again upheld

The World Trade Organisation has upheld Labor’s world-first plain packaging laws, in a severe blow to tobacco companies who have tried to undermine these laws from the start.

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Government must explain what it knew about AFP breach

Today’s admission that the Australian Federal Police illegally accessed the metadata of a journalist is shocking.

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National security must not be a political plaything

Reports today that a new Department of Homeland Security will be created in the next Turnbull government reshuffle should be deeply concerning to all Australians.

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Brandis backflips on legal centre funding

Today's announcement of a reversal in cuts to Community Legal Centres and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services is a humiliating backdown for George Brandis and a victory for campaigners around Australia.

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Broadband performance monitoring a welcome step that took too long to make

The announcement today that the ACCC will recruit 4000 volunteers to measure internet speeds is a welcome step that will help ensure consumers are better informed to make choices about the NBN services they purchase.

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