Bipartisan support on landmark Foreign Interference Bill

Today’s consensus report of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on the National Security Legislation Amendment (Espionage and Foreign Interference) Bill 2017 is an important achievement.

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Family Court: show us the evidence

Labor welcomes the government’s acknowledgement of the crisis in the family court system, and the pain it is causing families caught up in it.

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National Redress Scheme

Labor welcomes the announcement today that the Catholic Church will join the national redress scheme for institutional survivors of child sexual abuse. 

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Serious financial crime taskforce abolished

Today the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has confirmed that the government will end funding for the Serious Financial Crime Taskforce from July next year – right after the expected completion of the Banking Royal Commission.

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Porter backtracks on Integrity Commission

After months of prevarication from the Coalition, Attorney-General Christian Porter has written to Labor and formally refused the offer of bipartisan support for the creation of a National Integrity Commission.

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Report of the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters into Section 44

Labor welcomes the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters report into section 44 of the Constitution.

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Turnbull blocking political donations transparency

Turnbull’s extraordinary attack on Queensland’s political donation thresholds proves the Liberals will do anything to avoid improved transparency in Australia’s democratic processes.

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Porter cuts off CDPP at the knees

The ability of the Commonwealth Prosecutor to tackle corporate crime – including any recommendations for prosecution that will arise from the Financial Services Royal Commission – has been called into doubt by significant cuts in last night’s budget.

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Turnbull government asleep as banks fail to protect consumer data

Today’s revelations of lost customer data by Commonwealth Bank has shown the Turnbull government’s weakness yet again in failing to take a stand against big business abuse of consumer data and privacy. 

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Dutton Freelancing on National Security

After vehement denials from his own departmental secretary and the Foreign Minister on the weekend, Peter Dutton today appears to have confirmed there is in fact a proposal to expand the powers of the Australian Signals Directorate to the domestic arena.

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