Brandis Admits Royal Commission Into Trade Unions Did Not Seek Extension

Attorney-General Senator Brandis has admitted that the Abbott Government granted an extension of time and funding to the Trade Union Royal Commission despite not being asked to, under questioning last night in Senate Estimates.

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Brandis Makes Up Rule To Gag Human Rights Commission

Senator Brandis confirmed in Senate Estimates today that he invoked an imaginary rule to insist on his staff sitting in on meetings between the Opposition and the President of the Independent Human Rights Commission.

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Brandis Must Come Clean Over Court Cuts

Australian families stand to suffer even more from the Abbott Government’s cuts to the Federal Circuit Court which will impact on thousands of family law cases. 

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Anniversary Of The Racial Discrimination Act

Today marks the 39th anniversary of the passing of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.

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For Proper Scrutiny Of Proposed Data Retention Scheme

Labor has requested that the Government defer debate on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill until 2015 to give adequate time for a thorough consultation process to occur.

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Proposed Data Retention Laws Should Be Subject To Thorough Consultation

The Federal Opposition today called on the Government to publicly release an exposure draft of its legislation to require the mandatory retention of metadata for up to two years.

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Report of Intelligence Committee Shows Value of Public Scrutiny of Proposed National Security Laws

Labor welcomes the advisory report on the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill 2014, released today by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security.

 

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Labor welcomes the appointment of Professor Gerard Vaughan AM as the new Director of the National Gallery of Australia

Labor welcomes the appointment of Professor Gerard Vaughan AM as the new Director of the National Gallery of Australia.

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Statement - Section 18C Racial Discrimination Act

I welcome the Abbott Government’s long-overdue announcement that it has abandoned its recklessly misguided proposal to repeal federal protections against racial hate speech.

 

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Labor Welcomes Assured Future for Orchestra Victoria

Labor welcomes the announcement that Orchestra Victoria will become a wholly owned subsidiary of The Australian Ballet.

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