The Family Law Amendment (Financial Agreements and Other Measures) Bill 2015 was introduced into the Australian Senate on the 25 November 2015. The bill will set out to improve the operation of the financial agreements regime, strengthen laws against international parental child abduction, improve the operation of the family law courts and enhance protection for victims of family violence.
It has been reported in a recent ACCC Media Release, that Cereal Partners Australia Pty Ltd (CPA), the manufacturer and distributor of Uncle Tobys brand oats, has paid penalties of $32,400 in relation to alleged false or misleading representations about the protein content of certain Uncle Tobys brand oats products. This followed the issue of three infringement notices by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
The Commonwealth Parliament has passed the Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Bill 2015, which will outlaw sponsors being paid by visa applicants for a migration outcome. The Bill will introduce new criminal and civil penalties for sponsors and third parties who ask for, receive, offer or provide a benefit for a sponsorship related event. The Bill was introduced on September 16 this year (2015), passed the House of Representatives on November 10 and the Senate yesterday (November 25). The Bill was supported by independent Senators Glenn Lazarus, Dio Wang, Jackie Lambie, Ricky Muir and John Madigan in the Senate.
Yesterday (25 November 2015) was White Ribbon Day, a day which is set aside by anti-domestic violence group White Ribbon for the purpose of reminding people that they ". . . must keep working in their daily lives to eliminate violence against women to create long-term change". To mark the day various community leaders, including the Prime Minister, took the opportunity to speak in support of changing community attitudes to domestic violence and announcing measures and plans for making such change happen. One such announcement came from the SA Premier Mr Jay Weatherill, who is reported to have supported the introduction into SA of legislation which has become known in the UK and here as Clare's Law.
In August 2015, we reported on a package of Federal government reforms intended to strengthen the review of foreign acquisition and takeovers in Australia (see Federal Foreign Investment Framework: Package of Bills) - yesterday (24 November 2015) that legislation, following on negotiations between the Government (through the Treasurer and the Minister for Agriculture) and the Greens (through its finance spokesperson Sen. Peter Whish-Wilson and its leader Sen. Richard di Natale), was able to finally pass both houses of parliament with the support of the Greens' Senators.
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