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Carly’s law

Published: 10 April 2017

People who lie about their age to minors online will be prosecuted under a bill dubbed ‘Carly’s Law’, which also gives police the power to intervene before online predators have a chance to act. The bill was named after Carly Ryan, a 15-year-old who was murdered in 2007 by... Read news item

Changes to racial discrimination law

Published: 10 April 2017

The Parliament has passed a bill to reform the way the Australian Human Rights Commission examines and reports on claims of racism. These include setting time limits to examine and report on claims, and giving the President of the Commission the power to end an inquiry into a claim if... Read news item

Leaders visit cyclone-ravaged Queensland

Published: 10 April 2017

In the wake of Cyclone Debbie, the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, has praised the people of North Queensland and the Australian Defence Force, saying they 'make every Australian proud.' He was speaking in the House of Representatives after touring cyclone-affected regions of Queensland with the Leader of... Read news item

Social services savings bill

Published: 10 April 2017

The Parliament has passed a package of welfare savings which the government says will help pay for its childcare package. Introducing the Social Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 in the Senate, the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis, said it will save $2.4 billion over the 2017-18 financial year 'building... Read news item

More support for childcare

Published: 10 April 2017

Childcare will be more affordable for most Australian families under a bill passed by the Parliament, according to the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham. He was speaking on the Family Assistance Legislation Amendment (Jobs for Families Child Care Package) Bill 2016. The bill introduces... Read news item