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$527 million funding for Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation is a massive win for disabled people, not Morrison Government

 

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Australian Greens Disability Rights spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has called the announcement of $527 million to be allocated in tomorrow's budget for a Royal Commission into violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation as a massive win for disabled people.

“Finally, we have the opportunity for justice,” Steele-John said.

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Morrison’s new laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

A Religious Discrimination Act should not be used to undermine or override state based anti-discrimination laws, the Australian Greens say, following the release of the government’s response to the Ruddock Review.

Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said: “Religious freedom cannot be viewed in isolation, nor should it be used as a political weapon in an act of vengeance for the marriage equality vote.”

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Dutton's "papers please" laws another attack on rights

Dutton's 'papers please' legislation is yet another unecessary attack on fundamental liberties, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Peter Dutton is attacking the basic rights of every Australian to distract from the multiple scandals he’s involved in,” Senator McKim said.

"Every time the government needs a distraction, they play the national security card and Labor falls for it every time."

“Dutton has consistently shown that he cannot be trusted with the massive law enforcement powers that are at his disposal.”

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Defence Force callout legislation

The increased use of the Defence Force on Australian streets is deeply concerning, Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“Legislation to make it easier to call out the Defence Force is a worrying and dangerous development,” Senator McKim said.

“Yet again, the Government has introduced major national security legislation without demonstrating the need or making the case as to how it would make Australians safer.”

“This is a serious and fundamental change to domestic policing arrangements, and to the way security forces interact with the public.”

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Foreign Influence and Espionage Bills

The foreign influence and espionage legislation that is being rushed through Parliament will have serious impacts on people’s right to protest and journalism, Greens Justice Spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“We are seeing rights, freedoms and liberties in this country ripped away before our very eyes,” Senator McKim said.

“This legislation will criminalise a wide range of peaceful protests and public interest journalism.”

“It will be a significant hindrance of freedom of speech and assembly, and nothing less than the Liberals trying to crack down on dissenting voices.”

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Foreign Influence Legislation

Labor and the Liberals have again stitched up a cosy deal to reduce people’s basic rights and freedoms, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“The foreign influence laws, even as amended, will impact on people’s freedom of speech and freedom of association,” Senator McKim said.

“It is yet another step down the dangerous path towards authoritarianism.”

“While we certainly need to guard against hostile foreign influence and interference, the old parties have rushed into a cosy deal which predictably gets the balance wrong.”

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