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Latest media releases

Protecting victims of family violence from cross-examination in family courts

Victims of serious family violence will be protected from having to directly cross-examine or be cross-examined by perpetrators of violence during family law proceedings, under legislation to be introduced into Federal Parliament today.

Defence Call Out Bill

The Turnbull Government will today introduce a Bill to make it easier for the states and territories to seek assistance from the Australian Defence Force to respond to terrorist and other violent incidents.

Prosecution Matter

I can confirm a former staff member of the Australian Secret Intelligence Service and a Mr Bernard Collaery have been summoned to appear in connection with offences under section 11.5 of the Criminal Code and section 39 of the Intelligence Services Act 2001.

Parliamentary Committee report on Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme

I welcomed the release today of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security's report on the Government's Foreign Influence Transparency Scheme Bill 2017.

Assignments to the Appeal Division of the Family Court of Australia

Iam pleased to announce the assignment of two judges to the Appeal Division ofthe Family Court of Australia: the Hon Justice Garry Watts and the Hon JusticeStewart Austin.

New laws to prevent criminal misrepresentation of Commonwealth bodies

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, said Parliament today passed laws to make it a criminal offence to impersonate a Commonwealth entity, company or service, such as a government agency or department.

Relaunch of Family Relationships Online

The launch of the redeveloped Family Relationships Online website today further supports the Federal Coalition Government's commitment to Australian families.

Establishment of peak body to counter elder abuse

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, will launch Elder Abuse Action Australia (EAAA).

Australian Government Response to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse

The Turnbull Government will establish a National Office for Child Safety and issue a formal apology in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Consultation on new measure to combat corporate crime

Ensuring greater compliance with corporate law is the focus of a draft Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA) Scheme Code of Practice, released today for consultation.