Butler visits Myanmar

Terri Butler is in Myanmar this week, as part of a bipartisan parliamentary delegation hosted by Save the Children, and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

"The delegation is visiting locations including Yangon, Naypyidaw and Rakhine state," Terri Butler said.

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Modern slavery right here on the Southside

I was horrified to read yesterday's article in The Courier Mail about 57 Taiwanese nationals being kept as 'slaves' right here in Morningside and South Brisbane. 

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Submission to marriage equality Senate inquiry

Shadow Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus and I have made a submission to the Marriage Equality Senate inquiry. You can find a copy here.

Broad Agreement on Marriage Amendments Needed

Labor's Mark Dreyfus and Terri Butler have called on a Senate Select Committee to reach agreement on the terms of a bill for marriage equality, in a submission made this morning.

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Turnbull government wrong on domestic violence leave

Labor welcomes the Australia Institute, Centre for Future Work research released today, which states that domestic violence leave won't disrupt Australia's economy, and flies in the face of the erroneous claims from the Turnbull government.



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Access to telecommunications data in civil proceedings

The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security Advisory report on the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014, recommended that civil litigants be prohibited from being able to access telecommunications data held by a service provider solely for the purpose of complying with the mandatory data retention regime.

However, the committee also indicated that it was aware of the potential for unintended consequences resulting from a prohibition on courts authorising access to data retained under the scheme and recommended that the Minister for Communications and the Attorney-General review this measure.

I've made a submission to this review. You can make a submission, too: find the details at https://www.ag.gov.au/Consultations/Pages/Access-to-telecommunications-data-in-civil-proceedings.aspx. Note that submissions close on 13 January 2017.

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Cormann callous and clueless on domestic violence leave

Sunday's comments from Finance Minister Matthias Cormann rejecting domestic violence leave, were callous and clueless. 

Senator Cormann first complained about the cost and so-called counter-productive consequences of domestic violence leave, then was unable to explain his concerns.

This press release was issued on 11 December 2016.

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MYEFO confirms: Labor's policy is the only path to marriage equality

Just days after Malcolm Turnbull declared the wasteful, hurtful $300 million plebiscite on marriage equality is still the Government’s policy, it has been killed off in MYEFO.

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Letter of apology

Letter of apology following the ABC's Q and A program.

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Submission to the race hate speech inquiry

I've made a submission in relation to the government's review of race hate speech laws.

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