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Dreyfus off committee


SHADOW attorney general Mark Dreyfus has quit the powerful intelligen­ce and counter terrorism oversight committee to avoid a humiliatin­g vote to boot him off.

The Abbott Government was prepared to force a vote in the House of Representa­tives unless Mr Dreyfus — a temporary member — stood aside.

The Labor MP joined the Joint Parliament­ary Committee on Intelligen­ce and Security to examine controvers­ial metadata proposals under an agreement between Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition leader Bill Shorten.

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