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New laws rushed through parliament this week will provide legal recourse for people harassed, threatened or vilified during the same-sex marriage postal vote campaign.

The protections will enable courts to impose injunctions on offending material and civil penalties of up to $12,600 on offenders, but any legal action sought under the laws will require approval from attorney general George Brandis. The measures were approved at a Coalition joint party room meeting yesterday, despite reservations from backbench MP Tim Wilson and the Institute for Public Affairs, which warned the restrictions were “a dangerous limitation on individual freedom” …

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