Mark Dreyfus MP

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Opinion pieces

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.

18C inquiry an insult to free speech and ignores reality

11 November 2016

The anti-18C argument only survives because it is based on misrepresentation of the way in which this provision works.

Where Are The Arts In Turnbull's Agility Spin?

06 May 2016

The Coalition's past three years have caused confusion and chaos throughout the arts sector. The Coalition's arts policy has been to cut arts funding and compromise the independence of the Australia Council.

Labor in government will rebuild trust and confidence in the arts trust and confidence which has been trashed by the Abbott-Turnbull Government.

Our Watchdogs Should Not Have To Fear Attack

03 May 2016

Labor will ensure all roles at the Human Rights Commission are appropriately filled with the right people for those important jobs, and stand back and let the Commissioners do their job