Integrity, justice put on national agenda

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Improving integrity, access to justice and transparency will be on the agenda when federal, state and territorial attorneys general meet on Friday.

It is the first time that Attorney General Mark Dreyfus will chair the meeting with his state and territory counterparts since the election of the Labor government in May.

New Zealand Justice Minister Kiri Allan will also be present, to provide a trans-Tasman focus.

This is the first in-person meeting in over two years.

“This meeting has a comprehensive agenda, including important issues such as national approaches to coercive control and strengthening criminal justice responses to sexual assault,” he said in a statement.

Coordinated national responses to justice, legal systems, integrity and the safety of women and children are also among the Federal Attorney General’s priorities.

He committed to more regular meetings with his state and territory colleagues.

During the first week of parliament, Mr Dreyfus introduced a proposal to change the Australian Human Rights Commission’s appointment process, which would establish a merit-based approach to selection.

The proposal shows Labor’s commitment to restoring the integrity of government, as well as its commitment to the rules-based international order, Mr Dreyfus said.

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