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New Attorney-General will strengthen ‘tight focus’ on the welfare system

Incoming Attorney-General Christian Porter says the government will focus on economic security, which includes looking into the social welfare system.

Mr Porter, who will replace George Brandis, tells Michael McLaren it is “reasonable” for migrants to wait three years before being considered for welfare payments.

“What we’ve said is that our immigration system has always been there to provide assurance that people come to Australia to work and contribute to our community before they access welfare.

“If you’re a newly arrived resident, you should not pass straight into the welfare system.”

Mr Porter says he will also look into the “inefficiencies” in the Human Rights Commission and the Family Law system.

“There have been some deficiencies in the processes and operation of the Commission that have been revealed,  it does indicate there need to be some improvements.”

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Michael McLaren