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Federal Government’s Woeful Response to Access to Justice Report

Attorney-General George Brandis continues to ignore the massive barriers preventing access to justice across Australia, Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Nick McKim says.

“Senator Brandis’ response to the Productivity Commission’s report was contemptuous and woefully inadequate,” Senator McKim said.

“He has completely ignored the commission’s recommendation for $200 million to be invested into legal assistance.”

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Government confirms plans to introduce Divorce Tax

Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Nick McKim says he is disappointed the federal government is refusing to listen to the Senate and stubbornly pushing ahead with a divorce tax.

Attorney-General George Brandis confirmed during Senate Estimates hearings that he intends to again try to increase court fees, including slugging couples an additional $350 to file for divorce.

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Declared Dangerous Criminal Laws Should Follow Rules of Natural Justice

The Government needs to put a greater focus on deradicalisation both in and out of prison, Greens legal affairs spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“The national response to violent extremism must also include comprehensive, evidence based deradicalisation programs in prison, post release, and in the wider community,” Senator McKim said.

“Declaring offenders as too dangerous for release is already an option within most Australian jurisdictions.”

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Citizenship Laws Should Be Scrapped, Not Amended

The Government’s confirmation that its flawed Citizenship Bill will be amended yet again is another argument against its passage through Parliament, Greens legal affairs spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says.

“No matter what changes the government makes, the Bill does nothing to make Australians safer – either at home or overseas,” Senator McKim said.

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Amendments Don’t Change Major Flaws In Citizenship Legislation

The Government's decision to support amendments to the Australian Citizenship (Allegiance to Australia) Bill does not change the fundamental flaws in the legislation, Greens Legal Affairs spokesperson Senator Nick McKim says.

“This Bill is dangerously and irreparably flawed at every level,” Senator McKim said.

“The Greens remain concerned at the Bill’s human rights, rule of law and constitutional implications.”

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