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George Brandis argued against law banning child-sex tourism

Attorney-General George Brandis during Question Time in the Senate Chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, August 9, 2017.
Attorney-General George Brandis during Question Time in the Senate Chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Wednesday, August 9, 2017. AAP Image - Mick Tsikas

ATTORNEY-General George Brandis strongly argued against world-first laws banning paedophiles from travelling overseas for child sex holidays during "robust" Cabinet meetings that left colleagues questioning his political judgment.

In a rare Cabinet leak, three ministers present confirmed Senator Brandis objected to further penalties on offenders because their crimes had already been dealt with by the courts.

Senator Brandis was not being soft on child sex offenders but mounted a vigorous, technical legal argument about the role of government, executive and judiciary, The Courier-Mail has been told.

The embarrassing Cabinet breach comes as tension and frustration mounts within the Coalition over a looming reshuffle, the gay marriage survey which will be challenged in the High Court from tomorrow, the citizenship debacle and allegations of undermining.

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Missing swimmer on north coast, search underway

HAZARDOUS SURF: Surf lifesavers are pleading with the public to stay out of the water this weekend after one of the biggest rescue days occurred on Saturday and swimmer is still missing on the north coast.

Hazardous surf warning and one swimmer missing

Ute and truck smash on highway

CRASH RESCUE: At 2am on Sunday the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to a crash involving a ute colliding with a truck on the Pacific motorway near Brunswick Heads.

Pacific Highway blocked after ute and truck smash

Ferry return to service delayed

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Service will not resume as expected

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