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Media releases published by the Attorney-General.

Latest media releases

National Emergency Declaration Bill

The Australian Government will be better able to respond to major emergencies through a new legislated framework for declaring national emergencies.

Better deal for separating de facto couples in WA moves closer

Attorney-General, Christian Porter, said the passage of the Family Law Amendment (Western Australian De Facto Superannuation Splitting and Bankruptcy) Bill 2020 means that WA is moving into line with the rest of Australia in the treatment of superannuation assets for de facto couples who are going through separation.

Enhancing domestic violence protections for Family Court users

The Morrison Government welcomes the launch of a $13.5 million pilot program which will enhance protections for families entering the family law system who are at risk of domestic violence.

Independent National Security Legislation Monitor appointed

Attorney-General Christian Porter today announced the substantive appointment of Mr Grant Donaldson SC as Australia's fourth Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM).

Victorian paid leave proposals

The Government recognises the myriad challenges with our industrial relations system highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, however the Victorian Government's announcement today regarding sick leave entitlements for casuals and other workers raises a number of major issues.

Senate inquiry endorses Family Court reform Bills

The Morrison Government has welcomed the findings of a 12-month Senate inquiry, which recommended that legislation designed to fix the broken structure of the family court system be passed by Parliament.

Appointments to the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court

On behalf of the Government I congratulate Judge Altobelli and Ms Beckhouse on their appointments and thank them for their willingness to serve the people of Australia as judges of the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court respectively.

Review of the firefighter provisions of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (SRC Act) report released

The Morrison Government welcomes the findings of a review of workers compensation arrangements for firefighters employed under the SRC Act, which will expand coverage and streamline claims.

Government improves unpaid parental leave entitlements

Families dealing with the trauma of stillbirths, infant deaths and premature births will now have access to improved unpaid parental leave entitlements after legislation introduced by the Morrison Government passed through Parliament today.

Release of Commonwealth Integrity Commission consultation draft

The Morrison Government has committed $147 million to the development and operation of a Commonwealth Integrity Commission (CIC) designed to strengthen and complement the existing multi-agency approach to integrity, anti-corruption and law enforcement at a federal level.