Time to listen to the Senate on Family Court consultation

On Tuesday, the Senate passed its third motion instructing the government to conduct adequate consultation on its family court merger bills. It is time for the government to listen.

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Six months since ALRC 'Pathways to justice' report released - still no response from the government

This week, a coalition of human rights organisations issued an open letter calling for a response from the Federal Government to respond to the ALRC’s Pathways to Justice report.

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Government snubs Senate on Family Court - again

The government has once again thumbed its nose at the democratic will of the Senate, ignoring its demands for greater consultation on changes to the family court system.

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Australia must always fight commercial whaling

The Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Government have failed to act on fighting commercial whaling by sending a junior Minister to the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

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Government must guarantee cross-examination funding

Time is running out for the government to confirm additional funding for Legal Aid to accompany cross-examination reforms that are due to be put to the House of Representatives for a vote later this morning.

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Government trips up on Family Court inquiry

The government’s attempt to ram its family court bills through the Parliament with inadequate consultation has been stymied – not by Labor, but by the rules of the Senate.

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Government snubs Senate on Family Court consultation

Late on Thursday night, under the cover of leadership chaos, government members of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee did an astonishing thing - they voted to overrule the democratic will of the Senate.

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Justice project report welcomed

Labor welcomes the landmark Justice Report published by the Law Council today.

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More work to be done on Family Court reforms

Labor welcomes the government’s belated release of a key consultants’ report relevant to its planned restructure of the Family Court, after repeated requests from Labor and stakeholders.
 

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Government Senators call for funding for cross-examination reform

In an extraordinary report tabled today, the Government’s own Senators have joined Labor in calling for a guarantee of additional funding for Legal Aid before a bill to ban the direct cross-examination of domestic violence survivors is passed through Parliament.

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