After 16+ hours, no 18C victory for the government

The debate over the government’s Human Rights Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 has finally ended with a whimper.

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Government stuffing up Native Title

Today the Native Title Amendment (Indigenous Land Use Agreement) Bill was withdrawn from debate in the Senate, thanks to George Brandis’ incompetent handling of the Bill.

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Mitch Fifield missing in action on media reform yet again


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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