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Old parties close ranks in Oil for Food inquiry

Senator WRIGHT (South Australia) (16:14): I rise as the chair of the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee to speak to the tabling of this report into the work undertaken by the Australian Federal Police's oil for food task force. Firstly, I would like to place on record my thanks to the legal and constitutional affairs committee secretariat, so competently led by the committee secretary, Ms Sophie Dunstone, for their support to the committee throughout this inquiry.

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Greens condemn NT Government's gun giveaway

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright says the Northern Territory Government's shotgun raffle is completely inappropriate.

Senator Wright, who is currently chairing a Senate inquiry into illicit firearms, said even though the gun would go to a licenced shooter, it was surprising the NT Government would offer a weapon as a prize to hunters to putting their permit returns.

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Mandatory minimums wrong way to address gun crime

The Australian Greens have urged the Labor Party to remain strong in opposing mandatory minimum sentences for gun trafficking, saying the Abbott Government's legislation would not make Australians safer.

Australian Greens legal affairs spokesperson and chair of a current Senate inquiry into illicit firearms Senator Penny Wright said there was no evidence mandatory minimum sentences were effective and tackling gun crime required a more sophisticated approach.

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Attorney-General Brandis must be sacked

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Prime Minister must immediately sack Attorney-General George Brandis, who has been censured by the Senate today.

"The Australian Senate has declared it's lost confidence in Minister Brandis. He must be sacked," said Senator Milne.

"The current Attorney-General is unfit tho hold the office. His behaviour has demeaned the Senate and the Parliament.

"He should uphold the rule of law and defend the institutions which act as the independent umpire of the state.

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