Earlier this week, footage aired of George Brandis speculating that Queensland's Liberal National Party might demerge. But Barnaby Joyce says this won't happen.
Victorian senator Bridget McKenzie was one of two Nationals to cross the floor in support of a motion to disallow the import ban on the Adler lever-action shotgun.
Two Nationals crossed the floor and four others failed to vote on a motion from Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm to disallow the import ban on the Adler lever-action shotgun.
The federal court dismissed claims brought under the Racial Discrimination Act against three Queensland University of Technology students under section 18C.
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The time is right for a crash course on section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, its exemptions and the powers of the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Donald Trump's triumph in the US presidential contest caught many off-guard, including Australia's politicians.
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs, constantly under attack from some in the Coalition, ends her term next year.
Malcolm Turnbull, who just recently had “no plans” to change section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA), has now launched an inquiry that will lead to changing both it and the Human Rights Commission…
Many in the government have clamoured for changes to be made to Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Liberal backbencher Julian Leeser, however is not one of them.
Malcolm Turnbull told the ABC the Australian Human Rights Commission had harmed its credibility by bringing a case against QUT students.
The Human Rights Commission has fought back against a trenchant attack on it by Malcolm Turnbull, suggesting the Prime Minister had misrepresented or misunderstood its role.
QUT student Calum Thwaites arrives at the Federal Court in Brisbane.
The QUT students case was a litmus case for 18C- and it highlighted its serious flaws.
Josh Frydenberg on Sunday strongly argued for change to section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
Cabinet on Monday is expected to consider referring the future of the controversial 18C section of the Racial Discrimination Act to a parliamentary inquiry.
Cory Bernardi has rounded up almost all the Coalition senators to back a proposed private member’s bill to remove offend and insult from section 18C of the constitution.
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Late on Friday the long-awaited decision came in a key test of the much- debated section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. A federal circuit court judge killed a complaint from a Queensland University…
Chair of the parliamentary joint committee on human rights, WA Liberal Ian Goodenough.
The Prime Minister seems to be less resistant to changing the wording of 18C, after much campaigning on the topic from within his own party.
Treasurer Scott Morrison this week reignited the discussion about housing affordability in Australia. The question is: will the government be willing to bring forward meaningful reform?
Want to improve freedom of speech? Then let’s talk about defamation law.
Defamation law poses a considerable threat to freedom of speech in Australia, especially where social media is concerned.
The norm is now that it is no longer OK to discriminate on the basis of race.
The 'good old days' when we could make racist comments without legal recourse were not that good at all – especially for those on the receiving end.
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has warned against laws that violate freedom.
While the debate around Section 18C has raged, a host of other laws that impinge on freedom of speech have been quietly introduced.
At the end of the first sitting week of parliament, Labor caught the government flat-footed and without a majority in the House of Representatives.
In the first sitting of the new parliament, conservatives within the government have muscled a proposed amendment to the Racial Discrimination Act onto the agenda.
Cory Bernardi is leading the push for changes to Section 18C.
The debate around amending Section 18C is a furphy: the law is there to guard against the most-damaging vilification, and very few cases end up in court.
Cory Bernardi is set to introduce a private member’s bill to reform Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act.
The Constitution’s external affairs power does not support Section 18C. And the section also impermissibly infringes the implied freedom of political communication.
Tuesday’s Newspoll showed dissatisfaction with Malcolm Turnbull on 52% compared with his satisfaction level of 34%.
The government is “approaching this term with optimism”, according to the governor-general’s speech opening parliament. This is good to hear, because a more pessimistic character than Malcolm Turnbull…