On 22 September 2016, the State Government of South Australia introduced the Relationships Register Bill 2016 (No. 158) (the Bill) into the Legislative Assembly. The Bill aims to make provision for the registration of certain relationships and make any consequential amendments necessary for this to happen, as well as creating an option for couples in any relationship to more easily demonstrate their status when dealing with various bodies, including government agencies and service providers, in order to have their relationship rightly respected and to access their rights and entitlements.
It has been alleged that young overseas backpackers recruited to work on mango farms near Darwin were underpaid almost $36,000 in just two months and some were allegedly paid nothing at all for weeks of work which included picking, weeding and pruning.
A London-based clothing manufacturer and retailer has been issued an infringement notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and has paid $10,800 in penalty. Charles Tyrwhitt LLP was issued the notice after a thorough ACCC investigation determined that the manufacturer had engaged in false advertising regarding its ‘was/now’ price comparison.
On 14 September 2016, the WA Legislative Council introduced the Sentencing Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (Bill No. 205 of 2016) (the Bill). According to the Attorney-General, the Hon Michael Mischin, in his Second Reading Speech, the Bill is designed to:
The New South Wales Government has introduced a Bill into Parliament on 21 September 2016 that would see the abolition of the Industrial Relations Commission and its subsequent incorporation into the Supreme Court of New South Wales. The Industrial Relations Amendment (Industrial Court) Bill 2016 (the Bill) will move all existing judicial function of the Industrial Relations Commission to the Supreme Court to allow existing Supreme Court judges to hear matters as required.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Pastacup’s current franchisor Morild Pty Ltd (Morild) and that company’s former director, Stuart Bernstein, alleging breaches of the Franchising Code of Conduct (the Code).
On 14 September 2016, the new Chief Minister of the Northern Territory Michael Gunner (the Minister) announced a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking within Northern Territory at the South East Asia Australia Offshore and Onshore Conference, an oil and gas summit in Darwin.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has accepted a court enforceable undertaking from a Melbourne-based fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Young Sang & Co (Aust) Pty Ltd (Young Sang), for breaches of the Horticulture Code of Conduct (the Code).
On Thursday (15 September 2016) the Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2016 was introduced into the Senate by the Attorney General Senator George Brandis, along with the re-introduction of the previously lapsed Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2016 (Lapsed 17 April 2016 on prorogation of 44th Parliament). Both Bills are seen as important parts of the government's approach to terrorism and how to deal with its perpetrators.
The Queensland Palaszczuk Government has introduced the Youth Justice and Other Legislation (Inclusion of 17-year-old Persons) Amendment Bill 2016 into Parliament on 15 September 2016 to finally end Queensland’s infamous stigma as the only Australian State where 17-year old offenders are subject to the adult justice system. The Bill will amend Queensland’s Juvenile Justice Act 1992 (QLD) to allow for its application to young people aged between 10 and 17 years of age as opposed to the current 16 years.
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