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Abbott’s mandatory sentencing plan won’t fix gun crime

Penny Wright 4 Jul 2014

New gun trafficking laws to be announced by Prime Minister Tony Abbott today will do little to improve community safety, says Australian Greens legal affairs spokesperson Senator Penny Wright.

“The Prime Minister’s got the wrong end of the stick. Most illegal guns are not trafficked into Australia, they are stolen from registered owners,” Senator Wright said. “That’s really where the focus needs to be.”

“Mandatory sentencing does not reduce crime – it only locks people up once the damage has been done.”

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Greens disallow bankruptcy filing fees

Penny Wright 24 Jun 2014

A push by the Australian Greens to scrap the Abbott Government's $120 bankruptcy filing fee has succeeded, with the Senate disallowance vote passing late yesterday.

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright said it was a win for common-sense, with those in dire financial situations no longer to be charged extra fees to file for bankruptcy.

"Charging people in the worst kind of financial trouble a fee to go bankrupt was illogical, and we are very proud to have put a stop to it," Senator Wright said.

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Greens' guns inquiry gets go ahead

Penny Wright 19 Jun 2014

New weapons manufacturing methods, including 3D printing, will be examined by the Australian Greens' new Senate inquiry into illegal guns.

Australian Greens spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright said the three-month investigation would provide recommendations to government on how to make Australian streets safer.

"Homemade 3D printed guns are a real threat, because they're impossible to track and tricky to pick up in security screening," Senator Wright said.

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Greens gunning for illegal weapons inquiry

Penny Wright 18 Jun 2014

The Australian Greens will today move to establish a Senate inquiry to investigate new measures to combat illegal gun crime in Australia, spokesperson for Legal Affairs Senator Penny Wright has announced.

Senator Wright said more needed to be done to keep Australian streets safe and prepare for new weapons technology.

"Despite all the reforms of the Howard years, there are still too many gun-related tragedies in Australia," Senator Wright said.

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Supporting legal advocacy

Penny Wright 15 May 2014

I move that the Senate

1.       notes it is Law Week, which runs from 12 to 18 May 2014 to promote community awareness about the legal system and access to justice;

2.       notes that the Productivity Commission's draft report into Access to Justice states advocacy should be a core activity of the legal assistance sector;

3.       recognises that legal aid commissions and community legal centres are uniquely placed to advocate for law reform, and that to do so is an efficient use of their resources; and

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