Mathias Cormann gave an assurance that there would be a bias towards freedom of speech.
The safeguards bill will be introduced on Wednesday and passed before parliament rises on Thursday.
Tony Abbott said he was a reluctant banner but says the burqa is an affront to the Australian way of life.
Tony Abbott was commenting on a motion for a ban George Christensen will move when the Nationals' federal conference meets this weekend.
George Brandis said the government would ask the court to deal with the citizenship issue urgently.
George Brandis says he is confident that decisions made in office by ministers now under a dual citizenship cloud are not in doubt.
Senators were shocked when Pauline Hanson appeared in the chamber shrouded in the voluminous black garment.
Pauline Hanson's stunt of wearing a burqa into the Senate on Thursday drew a swingeing attack from George Brandis.
Matt Canavan told a news conference he had been informed he is an Italian citizen.
Matt Canavan has resigned as the minister for resources and northern Australia after being told by the Italian embassy that he is an Italian citizen.
Peter Dutton comes to the job with, at best, a middling ministerial record.
Dutton comes to the job with, at best, a middling ministerial record. His time in the health portfolio was a nightmare. In immigration he has been relentlessly political.
The reorganisation is a major win for Peter Dutton, a key conservative supporter of Malcolm Turnbull.
Peter Dutton will take charge of a new mega home affairs portfolio in a sweeping overhaul of national security agencies and responsibilities.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has just announced the creation of a new “super-ministry”, modelled on the UK Home Office. By the end of 2018, Australia will have a new Department of Home Affairs. This…
The ability of authorities to access encrypted messages must be balanced with the security risks.
The Australian government's proposed law that would force technology companies to decrypt messages could make Australians more vulnerable.
The government wants additional powers to access encrypted messages.
The Australian government wants to access encrypted messages, but don't call it a "backdoor".
Alexander Downer’s term as high commissioner is formally up in May.
Malcolm Turnbull is believed to have deferred the appointment of a new high commissioner to the UK until at least the end of this year.
The Turnbull government’s objectives in seeking to change Section 18C are unclear.
The government has not adequately explained what it is hoping to achieve by changing the wording of Section 18C.
There is concern among some Liberals that the 18C issue will lose them votes in seats with large ethnic communities.
Malcolm Turnbull has announced a watering down of the controversial Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Whatever the status of the speculation, it would be a very bad idea for Malcolm Turnbull to despatch George Brandis to London.
Malcolm Turnbull will overfly Western Australia twice next week, when he makes a brief dash to Indonesia to attend a conference of Indian Ocean Rim leaders.
Brexit, Trump, terrorism, 18C, safe schools, the gay marriage plebiscite, a government with a wafer-thin majority and a fractious Senate: it has been quite a year in politics.
George Brandis said Stephen Donaghue was a ‘distinguished constitutional lawyer’.
The new Commonwealth solicitor-general is Stephen Donaghue – an uncontroversial choice whose appointment has been welcomed.
Section 18C goes further than the laws of many other democracies by applying to ‘offensive’ and ‘insulting’ speech.
A minor change, substituting 'vilify' for 'offend' and 'insult', would bring Section 18C more in line with similar laws in other democracies without undermining its effectiveness.
A Senate motion directs George Brandis and Mathias Cormann to appear before the legal and constitutional affairs references committee.
George Brandis faces the second inquiry within months into his conduct.
What George Brandis did or did not tell Justin Gleeson is at the heart of a major political row embroiling him and the federal and WA governments.
Attorney-General George Brandis has declined to say whether he told the then-solicitor-general, Justin Gleeson, not to run a particular argument in a High Court case.
George Brandis has made a blunt assessment of his Queensland state LNP colleagues.
The Government leader in the Senate, George Brandis, has described the Queensland opposition as "very, very mediocre" and warned One Nation is likely to win "quite a few" seats at the state election.