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Morrison’s new laws must not undermine anti-discrimination protections

A Religious Discrimination Act should not be used to undermine or override state based anti-discrimination laws, the Australian Greens say, following the release of the government’s response to the Ruddock Review.

Greens Justice spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said: “Religious freedom cannot be viewed in isolation, nor should it be used as a political weapon in an act of vengeance for the marriage equality vote.”

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Reversing community legal sector cuts welcome, but more funding required to meet need

Reversing community legal sector cuts welcome, but more funding required to meet need

Australian Greens Senator for Victoria Janet Rice today welcomed the Turnbull government’s backdown on community legal centre funding cuts.

“I’m pleased to see that Attorney-General George Brandis has reversed his planned cuts in response to community campaigns to save our local legal centres” Senator Rice said.

“These cuts would have ripped $2.9 million out of Victorian community legal centres and denied access to justice to thousands of our most vulnerable Victorians.”

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