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Productivity Commission contradicts Brandis on legal advocacy ban

The Abbott Government must urgently increase funding for legal assistance services and remove gag clauses in light of the Productivity Commission report released today, say the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright said the Productivity Commission's Access to Justice Arrangements report revealed many errors in Attorney-General George Brandis's approach to the sector.

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Govt committee report upholds Brandis weakening of FOI

The Greens dissenting report on the FOI Bill before the Senate recommends that the legislation is not passed and that the Coalition government establish a comprehensive review into the workings of FOI as recommended by the Hawke Review.

Greens democracy spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said, "The Bill is a setback for FOI and privacy protection and is effectively another broken commitment by Attorney General Senator George Brandis and Prime Minister Tony Abbott to lead an open and accountable government.

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