Member for Isaacs

Media Releases

Whaling case to commence the week at the International Court of Justice in the Hague

23 June 2013

The final phase of legal proceedings in the case against Japans so-called scientific whale hunting will begin this week with Australia and Japan making oral presentations at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Inquiry into parental leave discrimination: Fairer workplace practices to benefit families and the economy

22 June 2013

The Gillard Government has asked the Australian Human Rights Commission to conduct an inquiry into workplace discrimination against employees taking parental leave when they are pregnant or caring for a baby.

Minister recognises emergency service volunteers

22 June 2013

Attorney-General and Minister for Emergency Management Mark Dreyfus QC and Federal Member for McEwen Rob Mitchell today launched two important contributions the Australian Emergency Management Institute (AEMI) has made to improving Australias disaster resilience at the opening of AEMI Gardens in Mount Macedon as part of the Open Garden Australia Scheme.

New guide to combat identity crime

21 June 2013

As part of National Consumer Fraud Week, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today launched a new booklet Protecting Your Identity to help Australians protect themselves from identity theft.

Disaster recovery allowance bill passed

20 June 2013

The Government has passed legislation providing a permanent way for disaster assistance to be delivered to workers, small business people and farmers who experience a loss of income as a direct result of a disaster.

Faster, Simpler, Fairer Justice - Productivity Commission Review

20 June 2013

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC and Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury today announced the Productivity Commission will examine how to improve access to justice in Australia.

Parliament passes new Court Security Bill

20 June 2013

Legislation to help federal courts and tribunals manage security incidents has passed the Parliament today.

Law and justice ministers to revisit journalist shield laws

19 June 2013

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today announced that the Australian Government will pursue uniform national protection for journalists and their sources at the next Australian and state and territory law and justice ministers meeting.

New online enrolment makes it easier for 1.4 million missing voters

17 June 2013

With almost 1.4 million eligible Australians, or close to 10 per cent, still missing from the electoral roll, Special Minister of State Mark Dreyfus today launched online enrolment and urged people to take advantage of this new tablet- and mobile-friendly capability.

Commonwealth funds NSW Custody Notification Service

16 June 2013

The Federal Government has stepped in to ensure the continued operation of a NSW advisory service which has made a significant contribution to the reduction in indigenous deaths in custody.