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Productivity Commission contradicts Brandis on legal advocacy ban

The Abbott Government must urgently increase funding for legal assistance services and remove gag clauses in light of the Productivity Commission report released today, say the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright said the Productivity Commission's Access to Justice Arrangements report revealed many errors in Attorney-General George Brandis's approach to the sector.

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Foreign Fighters laws rushed through Senate

Penny Wright 29 Oct 2014

Debate was gagged on the Foreign Fighters legislation in the Senate before all aspects of the bill were explored, says Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright.

"Labor and the Coalition have combined to rush the Foreign Fighters bill through the Parliament," Senator Wright said.

"Never mind that these are the most significant counter-terrorism laws in our lifetime, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten have found a unity ticket on bad process and bad legislation.

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Foreign Fighters amendments inadequate

Penny Wright 22 Oct 2014

Comment from Australian Greens' spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright on news the Abbott Government will adopt the recommendations of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security on the Foreign Fighters bill:

"The recommendations of the Liberal-Labor committee are not enough to save this from being a very bad bill that will trample on long-held civil liberties and democratic rights.

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Greens back calls for surrogacy inquiry

Penny Wright 9 Oct 2014

The Australian Greens have thrown support behind the push for a national inquiry into surrogacy, saying the current laws are clearly out of date.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright said a number of revelations, including the Baby Gammy case, made the need for an inquiry urgent.

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