New commonwealth laws to better protect children

The Government’s ongoing efforts to combat the sexual abuse of children in Australia and overseas has culminated today in the passage of the Combatting Child Sexual Exploitation Legislation Amendment Bill 2019.



Assistance to victims of Sri Lanka terrorist attacks

The Australian Government has declared the 21 April 2019 bombings in Sri Lanka as a ‘terrorist act’ for the purpose of the Australian Victim of Terrorism Overseas Payment (AVTOP) scheme.



Joint Media Release with Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC, Minister for Defence – Have your say on Australia’s new cyber security strategy

The Morrison Government will develop a new cyber security strategy to keep businesses and families safe online and is inviting business and the community to share their views.



Joint Media Release with the Hon Christian Porter MP, Attorney-General – Child sex offenders to face mandatory sentences under Coalition crackdown

Paedophiles would face mandatory jail sentences and the most serious offenders could be jailed for life under sweeping changes to Federal sentencing laws to be introduced to Parliament next week.



Ministerial Direction on Investigative Action Involving Journalists

The Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton has today issued a Ministerial Direction to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner.