$500,000 interest-free loans to help fire-affected businesses

Businesses directly affected by January’s bushfires can now access two-year interest-free loans of up to $500,000 to help them get back on track after the devastating fires.

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Disaster assistance for Northern Territory communities

Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Mark Dreyfus QC and Northern Territory Chief Minister and Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services Adam Giles have announced assistance to local government areas affected by the flooding associated with the monsoonal trough that occurred in the Top End from February to April 2013.

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Minister congratulates AFP on hacking investigation

The Attorney-General and acting Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Mark Dreyfus, has today congratulated the Australian Federal Police (AFP) on the arrest of the self-proclaimed leader of hacking group “Lulz Security” (Lulzsec).

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Funding boost for Redfern Legal Centre

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today announced that the Redfern Legal Centre will receive a one-off funding boost of $60,000 to support its financial counselling credit and debt service.

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Queensland refusing to support stronger laws to crack down on crime and round up unexplained wealth

The ridiculous claim by the Queensland Attorney-General today that national unexplained wealth laws are a Commonwealth “cash grab” is a deliberate misrepresentation of the national plan to be discussed at the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) tomorrow.

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Campbell Newman and Tim Nicholls mislead Queenslanders

The Queensland Government has been caught out trying to mislead Queenslanders in a disgraceful attempt to politicise Queensland’s flood recovery.

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Queensland stuck in the 19th century on Royal succession reforms

The Newman Government needs to embrace the 21st century and allow modernisation of the UK’s royal succession laws, which would do away with the preference for a male heir and exclusion of Catholics, among other restrictions.

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Funding boost for Fitzroy Legal Service

The Fitzroy Legal Service in Victoria will receive a one-off funding injection of $100,000 to assist with the production of its highly regarded Law Handbook.

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Appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today announced four appointments to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The Tribunal provides independent merits review of administrative decisions made by Australian Government ministers, agencies and other tribunals.

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Federal Circuit Court of Australia and new judicial complaints handling process commence

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today welcomed the renaming of the Federal Magistrates Court as the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and improved processes for the handling of complaints about federal judicial officers.

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