Cambodian elections

Labor is deeply concerned about the suppression of democracy in Cambodia and in particular Prime Minister Hun Sen’s threats to unleash civil war if his bid to extend his 33 year rule is rejected in last weekend’s election.

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PORTER SHOWS HE’S AS BAD AS BRANDIS WITH CRUEL DIVORCE TAX

In the last sitting week of Parliament before the long winter break, the Attorney-General tabled a regulation that will see the Government pocketing buckets of extra money from vulnerable families that use the Family Court.  The regulation will see fees for families that use the Family Court increased annually instead of every two years.

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The government needs to show leadership on the slaughter of whales

Federal Labor is appalled by reports emerging over the weekend around Japan wishing to lift the ban on commercial whaling for profit.

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Commencement of the National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

Today marks the official commencement of the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

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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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