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Government, ALP, One Nation vote to reduce civil liberties

The Federal government, Labor and One Nation have banded together to vote in further reductions in civil liberties in the name of 'national security'.

"It is very worrying that control orders will now apply to children as young as 14, and we have been given no evidence that this measure will make Australians any safer," Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.

"As they have done far too often in recent years, Labor has waved this legislation through Parliament for fear of being seen as 'weak' on national security."

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Resignation of the Solicitor-General

Justin Gleeson SC has been run out of office by a government with no regard for proper process or the rule of law, Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Mr Gleeson's resignation letter makes it clear that he is sticking to his guns," Senator McKim said.

"There was no doubt a breakdown in trust between the Solicitor-General and the Attorney-General, but this can be laid squarely at the feet of Senator Brandis."

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George Brandis' position looking more untenable by the day

Attorney-General George Brandis' disregard for the rule of law and abuse of process calls into question his suitability for the role, Australian Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"Senator Brandis has basically been caught out shopping around for politically convenient legal advice on some of the most contentious issues facing the government," Senator McKim said.

"For the Attorney General to have sidelined the Solicitor General when considering the constitutionality of contentious legislation is an extraordinary development."

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SA death in custody needs independent investigation

The Australian Greens have called for an independent investigation into the death of a young Aboriginal man in a South Australian prison while demanding strong action be taken to reduce the rate of Aboriginal incarceration in the state.

"Our thoughts are with this young man's family and friends," South Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"This case is tragic and requires more than an internal police investigation. What we need is a rigorous independent investigation to get to the bottom of exactly what happened here.

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Greens call for Royal Commission to reach beyond Northern Territory

The Australian Greens have welcomed the dismissal of the Northern Territory's Corrections Minister and the decision to establish a Royal Commission in response to the Four Corners report into abuse in youth detention facilities.

"This Royal Commission needs wide terms of reference to determine the full extent of abuse both in the Northern Territory and elsewhere," said Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale.

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Greens to create firefighting capacity within the Australian Defence Force

The Greens have pledged to establish a specialist firefighting unit within the Australian Defence Force and bolster Australia’s aerial firefighting fleet.

Greens Emergency Management spokesperson Nick McKim said the recent fires in Tasmania’s wilderness had shown the increasing fire risk that Australia faces from a warming climate.

“The science is clear - global warming means hotter, drier summers, with more dry lightning strikes, and therefore more bushfires,” Senator McKim said.

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Federal Government’s Woeful Response to Access to Justice Report

Attorney-General George Brandis continues to ignore the massive barriers preventing access to justice across Australia, Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Nick McKim says.

“Senator Brandis’ response to the Productivity Commission’s report was contemptuous and woefully inadequate,” Senator McKim said.

“He has completely ignored the commission’s recommendation for $200 million to be invested into legal assistance.”

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Declared Dangerous Criminal Laws Should Follow Rules of Natural Justice

The Government needs to put a greater focus on deradicalisation both in and out of prison, Greens legal affairs spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“The national response to violent extremism must also include comprehensive, evidence based deradicalisation programs in prison, post release, and in the wider community,” Senator McKim said.

“Declaring offenders as too dangerous for release is already an option within most Australian jurisdictions.”

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