The Yes/No case has long been flawed and the government is right to dispense with it. But it will need to replace it with something else to counter misinformation – and do so with great care.
Archer was the only Liberal to vote for the motion. But Karen Andrews, who has previously said Morrison should quit parliament, abstained. Morrison was Andrews’ secret co-partner in home affairs.
The opposition will vote against the censure, but will support the legislation to implement the Bell recommendations to ensure ministerial appointments are always made public.
Recent developments in Australian whistleblowing cases have shown how critical it is to reform our laws - which are far from world standard.
The Albanese government has devised a strong model for the new National Anti-Corruption Commission with robust powers and suitable accountability mechanisms.
As of Sunday morning, the Minister for Government Services Bill Shorten and Cyber Security Minister Clare O'Neil were yet to receive information from Optus that was requested on September 27.
Albanese & Dutton see common ground regarding the National Anti-Corruption Commission legislation introduced to parliament earlier this week.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus on the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus chats with Michelle Grattan about the National Anti-Corruption Commission, who will head it, and protections for whistleblowers.
While Labor is close to delivering an historic integrity reform, there are wrinkles still to be ironed out.
Under the proposed legislation for the Albanese governments anti-corruption body, public hearings would only be held in ‘exceptional circumstances’ and in the public interest.
While Labor has the numbers in the lower house, it would need one additional vote beyond the Greens if the opposition opposed the legislation in the Senate.
The Australian Law Reform Commission report recommends major changes to the way judges are appointed and educated, and supports an independent body to investigate allegations of misconduct.
The Albanese government has acted quickly to abandon the prosecution of Bernard Collaery, who was charged in relation to the leaking of information about Australia’s alleged spying in Timor-Leste.
Politics Podcast: Mark Dreyfus on refining foreign interference legislation.
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Mark Dreyfus says Labor acknowledges the need to do more about espionage activity and foreign influence in Australia but argues changes need to be made to the 'hastily' and broadly drafted bill.
Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has revealed he told Mark Dreyfus during the pre-election caretaker period that he disagreed with the binding direction George Brandis had issued.
A contentious move by George Brandis to restrict access to legal advice from the solicitor-general is continuing to raise controversy and questions about its legal validity.
Regardless of where the truth lies, we now have an extraordinary position where Australia’s two law officers are in conflict.
Solicitor-General Justin Gleeson has launched a swingeing attack on Attorney-General George Brandis, effectively accusing him of misleading parliament.
The FOI request was one a first year law student could complete - instead, the courts have been tied up with political game-playing.
AFP commissioner Andrew Colvin has defended police raids at the Melbourne office of Labor’s deputy Senate leader Stephen Conroy and the home of an ALP staffer.