Attorney-General to represent Australia in international whaling case against Japan

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC will appear in Australia’s whaling case against Japan which has now been set down for a three week hearing in the International Court of Justice in the Hague from 26 June, 2013.

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Appointment of the Electoral Commissioner

Special Minister of State, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC today announced the appointment of Mr Edward Killesteyn PSM as the Electoral Commissioner of the Australian Electoral Commission.

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New armoured rescue vehicle strengthens victoria's counter-terrorism capability

Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Mark Dreyfus QC today handed over a high-tech ‘BearCat’ Armoured Rescue Vehicle to Victoria Police.

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Court practitioners and public to participate in civil dispute evaluation

Lawyers, alternative dispute resolution practitioners and people involved in federal court proceedings are encouraged to help evaluate the success of civil dispute resolution laws.

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Government slashes red tape with repeal of more than one thousand regulations

Today the Australian Government repealed over 1,000 regulations and other instruments within the Attorney-General’s portfolio in a major drive to cut red tape.

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Australian Government income payments now available for Tasmanian bushfire victims

The Disaster Income Recovery Subsidy (DIRS) has been made available by the Australian Government to Tasmanians who were severely affected by the Tasmanian bushfires in January 2013.

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Extra money for early intervention to support indigenous youth in the Top End

The Australian Government will inject an extra $338 000 into the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency to provide early intervention services to Indigenous youth in the Top End.

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Australian Government funds Darwin night patrol

The Australian Government will provide substantial support to keep the Darwin Night Patrol service in operation from July, committing $25 million in funding a year for the Community Night Patrol Program until 2022, through the Stronger Futures in the Northern Territory initiative.

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Australian Public Service delivers complex services efficiently in a growing economy

Contrary to media reports today, the Gillard Government’s cap on SES growth in the Australian Public Service has been very effective, with numbers falling since the cap was put in place in June 2010 and growth in Executive Level positions declining from 5.3% to 3.8% last year.

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Triple Zero kids save lives

An updated online game that teaches children how and when to use Triple Zero was launched today with new scenarios and greater accessibility for children with disabilities and special needs.

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