Brandis and Turnbull's failure forcing States to pick up the tab on Community Legal Centres

The New South Wales Liberal Government has highlighted the Turnbull Government’s failure to support the Community Legal sector by picking up the tab for Senator Brandis’ 30 per cent cut in Commonwealth funding for Community Legal Centres for the next two years.

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Royal Commission report welcome, but still waiting for justice targets

Federal Labor welcomes the Interim Report of the Royal commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.

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Statement - Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse

The abuse of children in the care of institutions has been one of the most appalling chapters of Australia’s recent history.

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A victory for multicultural Australia

Last night’s defeat of changes to section 18C in the Senate is a victory for multicultural Australia of which we should all be proud.

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After 16+ hours, no 18C victory for the government

The debate over the government’s Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 has finally ended with a whimper.

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Government stuffing up Native Title

Today the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) Bill was withdrawn from debate in the Senate, thanks to George Brandis’ incompetent handling of the Bill.

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Mitch Fifield missing in action on media reform yet again


ATO admits it suspected direction on Bell

On Monday night the Australian Taxation Office made a significant revelation about the Bell Group matter – in March 2016, they suspected George Brandis was about to issue a direction to stop them intervening in the Bell High Court case, and they were so worried that they sought legal advice about how to handle that possibility.

 

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'Strengthening 18C': No one is fooled

The Government is falsely claiming that it is ‘strengthening’ the law by removing insult, offend and humiliate from section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.

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Cross-party Senate motion condemns Community Legal Centre cuts

Today a Senate motion introduced by Labor and co-sponsored by Senators Jacqui Lambie, Derryn Hinch, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team condemning the government’s cruel cuts to Community Legal Centres (CLCs) has passed the Senate.

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