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The Government's appalling treatment of Professor Gillian Triggs

Penny Wright 24 Feb 2015

If I’m feeling battered, I wonder how the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission is feeling. Probably the most difficult day I’ve experienced in Senate Estimates, today, as I had to witness a fine person and exceptional lawyer, Professor Gillian Triggs, being relentlessly hounded by two government Senators, shamelessly assisted by the overwhelmingly partisan Chair of the committee. Senate committees can often be political but can also be a source of good information and strong cross-party work. For me, this was an absolute low point.  

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New terror laws monitor needs greater powers to cope with Abbott agenda

Penny Wright 8 Dec 2014

The Australian Greens have called on the government to increase the powers of the newly appointed Independent National Security Legislation Monitor.

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright said the Monitor needed greater funding and scrutiny powers to oversee the Abbott Government's massively expanded national security framework.

"The announcement of the new Monitor is long overdue and very welcome - but we now need to boost the position's powers to make sure it's more than a toothless tiger," Senator Wright said.

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Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (Improved Oversight And Resourcing) Bill 2014: Second reading speech

Penny Wright 3 Dec 2014

I am pleased to rise and speak to this important bill, which I have introduced with the aim of preserving and enhancing the crucial role of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (INSLM).

In a world characterised by unrest and fragile peace, the Australian Greens understand the need to have a robust conversation about our national security laws. We also have the highest regard for human rights and freedoms.

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Greens bill to boost terror law oversight

Penny Wright 3 Dec 2014

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright will today introduce a new Bill to increase the powers of the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor.

Earlier this year, the Abbott Government was defeated in its bid to scrap the Monitor - which plays a crucial role in assessing counter-terrorism laws - but the position remains vacant and unfunded.

"The position has been vacant since April, while bill after bill has been rushed through Parliament without proper scrutiny," Senator Wright said.

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Foreign Fighters laws rushed through Senate

Penny Wright 29 Oct 2014

Debate was gagged on the Foreign Fighters legislation in the Senate before all aspects of the bill were explored, says Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright.

"Labor and the Coalition have combined to rush the Foreign Fighters bill through the Parliament," Senator Wright said.

"Never mind that these are the most significant counter-terrorism laws in our lifetime, Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten have found a unity ticket on bad process and bad legislation.

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