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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Turnbull must act on incarceration rates and support justice targets

The Labor Party is encouraged by reports today that the Prime Minister might finally overturn his government’s ridiculous opposition to implementing justice targets under the Closing the Gap framework.

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Statement - Story in the Australian Newspaper

Today’s story in The Australian newspaper is utterly false.

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New ABC Chairman Justin Milne

Labor congratulates Justin Milne on his appointment as the new Chairman of the ABC.Mr Milne is certainly qualified for the role given his extensive experience in, and knowledge of, the media industry.

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Labor strengthens Native Title protections

Labor will strengthen native title protections for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians when the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) Bill returns to the Parliament.

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18C: Bolt says want Turnbull won't

Finally, we have an answer to the question of how much more racial hate speech will be allowed under the proposed changes to Section 18C, courtesy of Andrew Bolt – five times as much.

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Turnbull prepared to let racism rip to save his own job

In a test of the Prime Minister’s leadership - which he has failed miserably, Malcolm Turnbull is prepared to trade away protections for Australia’s multicultural communities in order to save his own skin.

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Brandis's diary - a victory for transparency