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Media releases published by the Attorney-General.

Latest media releases

Perth Joint Cyber Security Centre protecting West Australians

The launch of the Perth Joint Cyber Security Centre (JCSC) will play a major role in the Turnbull Government's commitment to keeping Australians safe from cyber-attacks.

Administrative Appeals Tribunal appointments

Today, I am pleased to announce four reappointments and one new appointment to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Changes to the Serious Overseas Criminal Matters Scheme

The Turnbull Government will limit access to legal assistance under the Serious Overseas Criminal Matters Scheme (SOCMS) to only those Australians overseas facing the death penalty, as well as introducing additional stricter criteria for the Scheme.

Additional part-time member appointed to support the review of the family law system

I have appointed Dr Andrew Bickerdike as a part-time commissioner of the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) to support Professor Rhoades who is leading the comprehensive review of the family law system.

Multi year funding to help families affected by international parental child abduction

Families and children affected by international parental child abduction will continue to receive support following a Turnbull Government decision to extend funding for critical support services.

Targets for briefing female Barristers

The Turnbull Government will for the first time set all Commonwealth agencies specific targets to brief senior and junior female barristers from 1 July 2018.

Australia’s national security greatly enhanced with new laws

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, said that Australia's national security has been greatly enhanced with the successful passage of two major bills today.

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.