Statement on High Court appointments

Labor warmly welcomes the appointment of The Hon Susan Kiefel AC as Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, and the appointment of The Hon James Edelman to the High Court.

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Inquiry into the WA Kickback Scandal

This afternoon the Senate voted to establish an inquiry into the Attorney-General’s gross mishandling of the Bell Group litigation in the High Court of Australia.

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Brandis blames everyone but himself

Senator Brandis’s statement in the Senate today was one of the most remarkable attempts at blame-shifting this Parliament has surely ever seen.

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Brandis must explain on Bell

Reports in this morning’s West Australian Newspaper, if true, suggest that George Brandis has put the interests of his West Australian Liberal mates ahead of the Commonwealth, the Constitution, the Australian Taxation Office, and hundreds of millions of dollars that was owed to the Australian taxpayer.

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Turnbull refuses to match Labor's commitment to family violence victims

Today in Question Time, Prime Minister Turnbull was offered the chance to join Labor in a bipartisan effort to stop family violence survivors being cross-examined by their abusers in court.

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Turnbull's redress mess must be fixed

The Turnbull Government’s plan for a National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse has been thrown into doubt. 

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Abbott: Protections against race hate speech 'unAustralian'

In another sign of Malcolm Turnbull’s inability to control the right wing of his party, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has this morning made an outrageous set of statements about Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act and the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Brandis surrenders on Legal Services Direction

After all of the blustering, posturing and lying, it has come to this – George Brandis has reversed his own Legal Services Direction, which limited the role of the Solicitor-General to such an extent that it forced Justin Gleeson to resign.

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Now it's time for a free vote, Mr Turnbull

Last night the Senate voted down Malcolm Turnbull’s $200 million wasteful, hurtful, divisive plebiscite on marriage equality.

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Another backdoor attempt to weaken 18C

The announcement of a parliamentary inquiry today into section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act shows just how weak Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership is.

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