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New Member for Wentworth

Published: 11 December 2018

Dr Kerryn Phelps AM was sworn in as the member representing the electorate of Wentworth in Sydney. Dr Phelps was elected to replace the Hon Malcolm Turnbull after he retired from the Parliament. In her first speech she described the diversity of her electorate—‘Wentworth has one of the largest Jewish... Read news item

Encryption bill

Published: 11 December 2018

The ability of Australia’s law enforcement and security agencies to access encrypted communications will be strengthened under a bill passed by the Parliament. The Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018 will provide additional powers and time for law enforcement agencies, including Australian Border Force and the... Read news item

Report on the right to discriminate

Published: 11 December 2018

The Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs has tabled its report into legislative exemptions that allow faith-based educational institutions to discriminate against students, teachers and staff. The report made a number of recommendations, including: the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 be amended to prohibit discrimination against students... Read news item

Gaming or gambling?

Published: 11 December 2018

The Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications has tabled its report into gaming micro-transactions for chance based items, known as loot boxes. The report acknowledged there are different kinds of loot boxes in video games and recommended that a comprehensive review should be undertaken by the Department of Communications... Read news item

The view from the crossbench

Published: 11 December 2018

A number of private senators’ and members’ bills were introduced into the Parliament: National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 introduced by Ms Cathy McGowan MP. Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Amendment (Great Australian Bight) Bill 2018 introduced by Senator Tim Storer. Equal Pay Standard Bill 2018 introduced... Read news item