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Report says families settling legal disputes faster with Early Intervention Service

05 March 2013

The Family Law Early Intervention Service, which provides a legal aid duty lawyer at court registries in New South Wales, is helping more people settle family matters earlier, often outside of court, according to a report officially launched today by Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC.

New President for National Native Title Tribunal

04 March 2013

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC today announced the appointment of Ms Raelene Webb QC as President of the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT).

Australia signs on to international cybercrime treaty

04 March 2013

Australia has now formally joined 38 other nations as a party to the world's first international treaty on crimes committed via the Internet.

Additional disaster assistance for NSW communities

04 March 2013

Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC MP and NSW Minister for Emergency Services Michael Gallacher today extended disaster assistance to six additional local government areas affected by last weekends severe storms and flooding in NSW.

More Victorian communities receive assistance after fires

02 March 2013

Disaster assistance will be provided to Victorian communities hit by bushfires in February 2013 under the jointly funded Commonwealth and Victorian Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA).

Legislation to re-name the Federal Magistrates Court passed

01 March 2013

Yesterday the Parliament passed the second of two Bills necessary to change the of name of the Federal Magistrates Court to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the title of Federal Magistrate to Judge.

Government concerned by Newman's Royal Succession plans

28 February 2013

Attorney-General, Mark Dreyfus QC, today expressed concern that Queensland Premier Campbell Newman appears to lack a basic understanding of constitutional and royal succession law.

New laws tackle forced marriage, people trafficking and other exploitation

27 February 2013

New laws that criminalise forced marriage, forced labour and organ trafficking have been passed by the Australian Parliament today.

Forced adoption apology details released

22 February 2013

On 21 March 2013, the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP, will deliver a national apology, on behalf of the Australian Government to people affected by forced adoption or removal policies and practices.

Response to Joint Standing Committee report on Draft Anti-discrimination Bill

21 February 2013

The Gillard Government welcomes the detailed work of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee in examining the draft Bill to consolidate five pieces of legislation which form the body of Australia's anti-discrimination laws.