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Legal affairs on Gillard's legislative agenda

Legal affairs on Gillard's legislative agenda

Amid an on-going dispute as to who will fulfil the role of speaker in parliament, the Gillard Government has announced that it will introduce over 40 bills to parliament next week when…

Amid an on-going dispute as to who will fulfil the role of speaker in parliament, the Gillard Government has announced that it will introduce over 40 bills to parliament next week when Australia's 43rd parliament sits for the first time.

The Government said it will bring forward legislation across a wide range of areas including the Attorney-General's Civil Dispute Resolution Bill, aimed at encouraging the resolution of civil disputes outside of the courts and to improve access to justice by focusing parties and their lawyers on the early resolution of disputes; the Crimes Legislation Amendment Bill, which seeks to improve the ability of the Australian Crime Commission to deal with serious misconduct by staff and to make a range of amendments to strengthen law enforcement agencies' powers; and the Human Rights (Parliamentary Scrutiny) Bill, which is aimed at enhancing the focus on human rights in the parliament scrutiny and inquiry processes, including through the establishment of a new Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights.

In this parliamentary session, the Labor Government said it will also push to have legislation prepared to deliver the reform agenda set out in its election campaign.

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