More Victorian communities receive assistance after fires

Disaster assistance will be provided to Victorian communities hit by bushfires in February 2013 under the jointly funded Commonwealth and Victorian Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

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Legislation to re-name the Federal Magistrates Court passed

Yesterday the Parliament passed the second of two Bills necessary to change the of name of the Federal Magistrates Court to the ‘Federal Circuit Court of Australia’ and the title of Federal Magistrate to ‘Judge’.

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Government concerned by Newman's Royal Succession plans

Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC, today expressed concern that Queensland Premier Campbell Newman appears to lack a basic understanding of constitutional and royal succession law.

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New laws tackle forced marriage, people trafficking and other exploitation

New laws that criminalise forced marriage, forced labour and organ trafficking have been passed by the Australian Parliament today.

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Forced adoption apology details released

On 21 March 2013, the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, will deliver a national apology, on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.

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New web tool translates family law into plain language

Plain language explanations of common family law terms will become accessible with the release of a new web-based tool.

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Extra disaster assistance for Tumbulgum flood victims

The Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) has been extended to people severely affected by the flooding caused by ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald in the NSW township of Tumbulgum.

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Appointment of Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus today announced the appointment of Justin Thomas Gleeson SC as the Solicitor-General of the Commonwealth.

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Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse

The Australian Government today introduced legislation to amend the Royal Commissions Act 1902 to assist the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

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Indigenous Justice funding closes soon

Organisations working with Indigenous communities to improve community safety and reduce adverse contact with the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply for a grant before the funding round closes on Friday next week.

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