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Dreyfus must reveal legal advice on PNG deal

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SENATOR THE HON GEORGE BRANDIS, QC Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Shadow Attorney-General Shadow Minister for the Arts

Media Statement

Dreyfus Must Reveal Legal Advice on PNG Deal

The Attorney-General, Mr Dreyfus must reveal to the public whether the Government received advice from the Solicitor-General on the validity of the Rudd Government's deal with Papua New Guinea on the transfer and resettlement of asylum seekers, before Mr Rudd signed the deal last Friday. If so, the Attorney-General must release that advice to the public.

It has now been revealed that the deal between Australia and the Government of Papua New Guinea is nothing but a flimsy two page 'Arrangement'. It is even more insubstantial than the deal with Malaysia two years ago, also described not as an agreement but as an 'Arrangement', which was struck down by the High Court.

The Attorney-General should also reveal whether the Government received any advice as to whether the Arrangement is valid and enforceable according to the laws of Papua New Guinea, and if so he must release that advice as well.

Monday, 22 July 2013

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