Chapter 8 of the Australian Commonwealth Criminal Code enacts the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights as enforceable law in Australia. Section 268.12 makes the imprisonment or physical deprivation of liberty of people an offence. Senator Ludlam asks Attorney General Brandis on whether our indefinite detention of refugees falls under that section. His answer shows how much respect the Attorney General has for this issue, for these people and for human rights generally.
The Australian Greens Leader, Senator Christine Milne, uses Question Time in the Senate to ask the Minister representing the Minister for the Environment about the leap in Australia's greenhouse gas emissions from electricity following the repeal of our price on pollution. Senator Milne asks if Abbott will list this as an achievement of his Government.