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George Brandis' position looking more untenable by the day

Attorney-General George Brandis' disregard for the rule of law and abuse of process calls into question his suitability for the role, Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Senator Brandis has basically been caught out shopping around for politically convenient legal advice on some of the most contentious issues facing the government," Senator McKim said.

"For the Attorney General to have sidelined the Solicitor General when considering the constitutionality of contentious legislation is an extraordinary development."

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Federal Government Cuts To Legal Assistance Will Hurt Vulnerable Australians

Nick McKim 4 May 2016

The Government’s decision not to restore cuts to Legal Aid and Community Legal Centres (CLCs) in yesterday’s budget will continue to deny access to justice for some of the most vulnerable members of the community, Greens spokesperson for Justice Nick McKim says.

“Yet again, the Government has ignored those most in need to look after corporations and the very wealthy,” Senator McKim said.

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Federal Government’s Woeful Response to Access to Justice Report

Nick McKim 30 Apr 2016

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

Nick McKim 9 Feb 2016

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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ASIO head deserves better than attacks from Liberal backbenchers

Nick McKim 17 Dec 2015

The head of ASIO deserves better than criticism from ill-informed Liberal backbenchers, Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Nick McKim says.

“ASIO Director General Duncan Lewis is quite right to point out that fuelling a backlash against Muslims makes it harder for ASIO to do its job, and to call for a more temperate tone to the debate,” Senator McKim said

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