Foreign influence - half the job done

The Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill and the National Security Legislation (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Amendment Bill, passed through the Senate last night, will significantly curb foreign influence on our democratic system.

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Cross examination reform - where is the funding?

Labor welcomes the government’s belated announcement that it will introduce legislation to prevent domestic violence victims from being cross-examined by their abusers.

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Civil society protections secured in transparency scheme report

Labor has secured important exemptions for charities, arts organisations and trade unions in today’s bipartisan Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) report on the Foreign Interference Transparency Scheme Bill 2017.

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Liberal Party continues race hate rhetoric

Today a Liberal Senator has made clear that the Liberal Party will continue its fight to allow more racist hate speech in Australia.

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More consultation needed on Family Court reform

Labor has today called on the Attorney-General to address the government’s woefully inadequate consultation on its family court plans, and release the secret consultant’s report on which the plans are apparently based.

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National Redress Scheme passes Senate

Today is an historic day for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse with the Senate passing legislation to establish a National Redress Scheme commencing 1 July this year.

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Government response to Royal Commission recommendations

Labor welcomes the Government’s initial response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Labor taking action on forced marriage

Today Labor committed to ground-breaking reform to tackle forced marriage alongside representatives from the Salvation Army, Anti-Slavery Australia and ACRATH – Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans.

 

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Bipartisan support on landmark Foreign Interference Bill

Today’s consensus report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017 is an important achievement.

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Family Court: show us the evidence

Labor welcomes the government’s acknowledgement of the crisis in the family court system, and the pain it is causing families caught up in it.

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