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Seeking asylum in the time of coronavirus: COVID-19 pandemic effects on refugees and people seeking asylum

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting almost every country across the globe, and creating a multitude of challenges for the entire world community. Refugees and people seeking asylum face particular vulnerabilities. Specific concerns include: maintaining safety measures in overcrowded camps and detention centres; lack of access to countries of asylum or resettlement due to border closures; and lack of income support for those who have lost their jobs. Read more...

Defence Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020

The Defence Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2020 seeks to do two things. Firstly it amends the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme Act 2008 to extend the period from two to five years in which a member who has left the Australian Defence Force (ADF) can access the Defence Home Ownership Assistance Scheme. In addition, it amends the Australian Defence Force Superannuation Act 2015 (ADF Superannuation Act) so that former ADF members can continue to make contributions to their ADF superannuation accounts once the ADF Super Trust Deed has been amended to so allow.  Read more...

Seventy-fifth anniversary of the first broadcast of the Commonwealth Parliament

8 May 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the first radio broadcast of the proceedings of the Commonwealth Parliament on 8 May 1945. Regular radio broadcasts began in 1946, while regular television broadcasts did not commence until 1990. Read more...

The Eden-Monaro by-election and COVID-19

The resignation of the Labor member for the southern NSW seat of Eden-Monaro, Mike Kelly MP, raises the question of how a by-election might be conducted for the seat under conditions of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Read more...

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