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Greens on the appointment of Tim Wilson to the Human Rights Commission

Penny Wright 17 Dec 2013

"Attorney General George Brandis laid his ideological cards on the table with this appointment," Senator Wright said.

"Although this government is using the language of freedom, they cannot be trusted to look out for all Australians.

"The Attorney General has already made it clear he thinks some human rights are more important than others, including that free speech ought to trump anti-discrimination laws.

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Take back torture comments, Senate urges Prime Minister

Prime Minister Tony Abbott will be asked to justify his remarks excusing torture in Sri Lanka following the success of an Australian Greens motion today.

The motion by Senator Penny Wright and Senator Lee Rhiannon called on Mr Abbott to retract his comments that 'we accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances difficult things happen' and was passed with the support of the opposition.

"There are absolutely no circumstances where torture is justifiable," Australian Greens spokesperson on Human Rights Senator Wright said.

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Estimates: Crimes Amendment legislation review

Penny Wright 18 Nov 2013

Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee 
Attorney General's Department 

18 November, 2013

Senator WRIGHT: I have one more question. It is in relation to part VIIC of the crimes act relating to disclosing Commonwealth pardons, quashed convictions and spent convictions. On the 2013 review of the operation of subdivision A of division 6 of part VIIC of the crimes act 1914, I assume there is someone who knows what I am referring to.

Senator Brandis: They speak of little else!

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Greens urge Brandis to protect Environmental Defender funding

Tony Abbott's government must not cave into pressure from the miners to defund legal rights groups, say the Australian Greens.

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright has written to Attorney General George Brandis urging him to resist calls from the mining lobby to defund the Environmental Defender's Office.

"The Environmental Defenders Office is the only thing standing between state governments and a rubber stamp for mining approvals," Senator Wright said.

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‘Name and Shame’ laws a dangerous approach

Penny Wright 27 Sep 2013

Queensland’s proposed ‘Name and Shame’ laws are a dangerous approach to punishing juvenile offenders, says Australian Greens Senator Penny Wright.

Spokesperson on legal affairs, Senator Wright, said the proposed laws are out of touch with evidence that shows that naming and shaming may well increase juvenile crime.

“The Queensland Government’s so-called tough approach to juvenile repeat offenders is punitive and will actually be counterproductive,” Senator Wright said.

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Abbott cuts to Indigenous legal services hypocritical

The Australian Greens have condemned Tony Abbott's cuts to the Indigenous Legal Assistance and Policy Reform Program, saying it goes against all his past rhetoric and will exacerbate the shameful incarceration rates for Indigenous Australians.

"Tony Abbott says he wants to prioritise efforts to end Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage, but cutting Indigenous legal aid funding undermines this commitment," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues.

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