Mark Dreyfus MP

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Opinion pieces

A Thousand Days Since Morrison's Promise, There's Still No Anti-Corruption Commission

08 September 2021

The only conclusion we can draw from the fact it’s now been 1,000 days without the national anti-corruption commission Scott Morrison promised us back in 2018 is he never had any interest in introducing one. 

PM's Palmer Aid A $1 Million Folly

16 August 2021

The Morrison Government chose a side by throwing the whole weight of the Commonwealth Government behind Clive Palmer, hoping to convince the High Court to strike down the McGowan Government’s border measures and hand Palmer a victory.

Labor's Policy On Israel And The Palestinian Territories

12 April 2021

The tragic conflict between Israelis and Palestinians and the fraught peace process in which they have been involved for generations is too important to be used by politicians desperate to be noticed by their colleagues.

Strong Safeguards Essential For Contact Tracing App

24 April 2020

Technology will play an important role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and Labor welcomes the fact that the Morrison Government is working on a contact tracing app

Morrison Dismissed Parliament As a Result of Coronavirus, But Should He Have?

14 April 2020

It is not the Parliament's job to serve the interests of the Australian Government. Its job is to serve the interests of the Australian people. That vital function must not be placed into hibernation during a time of crisis.

The Government is Treating the Media Raids As Business As Usual

07 June 2019

Press freedom is vital to our democracy of course it is. But you don't really appreciate the meaning of that sentence until photos appear of police officers in a journalist's house, flicking through her cookbooks looking for evidence of a crime. Or until you see footage of police officers sitting in the ABC cracking into a hard drive, just a day later.

Robert McClelland Knew The Story behind Modern Families

19 October 2018

It has taken more than 40 years for the Family Court's existence to be threatened. But that is happening now.

Section 44 will remain. It's the government that goes up in smoke

25 August 2017

Whether or not you think section 44(i) is unnecessary or doesn't reflect our multicultural society, the fact is it is in our constitution and it is the current law of the land, until it is changed.

In an era of ignorance and fake news, cold hard facts have never been more important

30 May 2017

In an era where fake news can spread myths and conspiracy theories with extreme efficiency, it is more important than ever for elected politicians to use what authority they have to present the facts and set people straight.

Torture doesn't 'work' and we must rebuff anyone who says otherwise

01 February 2017

Torture is wrong, and that fact is so self-evident that it shouldn't have to be said. It also doesn't 'work' in extracting reliable confessions. It is an abhorrent relic of the darkest chapters of human history, and in 2017 there is simply no place for torture as a policy of democratic governments.