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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Turnbull must fund prosecutor to crack down on corporate crime

Labor is calling on the Government to match our commitment of $25 million to establish a Corporate Crime Taskforce, to equip the Commonwealth Public Prosecutor to respond to recommendations for criminal prosecution which stem from the Banking Royal Commission.

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Government must do more on whaling

The Turnbull Government must show it is serious about stopping Japan’s proposal to lift the global moratorium on commercial whaling by sending a senior Minister to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to tackle the issue head on.

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Indo-Pacific Regional Infrastructure Partnership

Labor welcomes today’s announcement by Australia, the United States and Japan of a trilateral partnership to invest in infrastructure projects in the Indo-Pacific region.
 

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National Integrity Commission - six months and no progress

Today marks the six-month anniversary of Bill Shorten’s announcement that Labor will legislate for a National Integrity Commission within 12 months of government.

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