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A government-commissioned investigation into the ill-treatment of asylum seekers by private security staff in federal asylum centres found some cases of excessive use of force, and made recommendations for reform. Parliament tightened control of arms exports to countries in conflict. Activists protesting with tactics involving civil disobedience faced prison sentences. Following a popular vote, same-sex couples were granted the right to equal marriage. Another two referendums, however, confirmed draconian anti-terrorism laws and a ban on full-face veils in public.

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