If passed, the laws will lower the age that control orders can be applied and extend the period police can hold a terror suspect without charge.
We asked a few art students and recent grads about what they're going to do after this current round of funding cuts truly sinks in.
"For every one lawyer that we lose, that's 240 Indigenous people that will miss out on representation."
The Australian Federal Police are investigating whether the government tried to corruptly entice Gillian Triggs into leaving her post as Human Rights Commission president.
Australia is conducting a complete review of law enforcement, intelligence, immigration, and justice following the Sydney Siege, but the role of one former intelligence chief in the government could cast a shadow over it.
David Hicks, a former detainee of Guantanamo Bay, heckled Federal Attorney-General George Brandis at a Human Rights Award ceremony in Sydney.
A government commission found that the country didn't live up to human rights obligations when it allowed individuals who could not be tried in court to be indefinitely incarcerated.
Australia's government is fighting the release of documents that could shed light on the deaths of more than 200,000 people during Indonesia's occupation of East Timor.
It will also grant intelligence personnel immunity when they break the law, allow the use tracking devices without warrants, and increase jail terms from 2 to 10 years for leaking information. More stunningly, the bill is being passed by politicians...
The government says the changes are being made due to the internal security threat posed by Australian jihadists. Advocates disagree.
When it comes to dealing with public discrimination, Australia has the state and federal legislation, but not the teeth.