On 22 November 2016, the Victorian Parliament introduced the Administration and Probate and Other Acts Amendment (Succession and Related Matters) Bill 2016 (VIC) (the Bill). The Bill aims to amend the Administration and Probate Act 1958 in relation to intestacy and other matters relating to the administration of estates, including fees and commissions, to amend that act, the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 and the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 in relation to ademption, to consequentially amend other acts and for other purposes.
On 27 October 2016 (as previously reported), the Federal Attorney General, Senator George Brandis (the AG) and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, announced in a joint Media Release that the Turnbull Government would ask the Australian Law Reform Commission (the ALRC) to ". . . examine the factors leading to the over representation of Indigenous Australians in our prison system, and consider what reforms to the law could ameliorate this national tragedy".
Queensland has introduced a bill to amend its provisions relating to the defence of provocation, in an attempt to limit the so-called ‘gay panic defence’. The Criminal Law Amendment Bill 2016 was introduced by Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath on 30 November 2016 and has been referred to the Legal Affairs and Community Safety Committee for consideration. The Bill also amends a number of other Acts within the Attorney-General’s portfolio.
Early last month (4 November 2016), the NSW Department of Fair Trading released an exposure draft bill for the Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Bill 2016 which aims to consolidate gas and electrical consumer safety laws into a single Act across NSW.
On 29 November 2016, the Queensland Parliament passed the Serious and Organised Crime Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 [QLD] (the Bill). The Bill has been touted as the 'toughest crime laws in Australia' and aims to implement a new Organised Crime Regime in Queensland to tackle serious and organised crime in all its forms.
Electronics and IT retailer MSY Technology Pty Ltd, MSY Group Pty Ltd, and M.S.Y. Technology (NSW) Pty Ltd (MSY Technology) has been taken to Federal Court by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleging that MSY Technology has misrepresented consumers’ rights to remedies for faulty products.
On Tuesday (29 November 2016), it was announced that the Federal Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis (the AG) is to face a Senate inquiry into his role in what has become known as the Bell legislation inquiry. This is a matter arising from the protracted Bell Resources litigation and attempts by the West Australian Government to get back an estimated $1 billion from the now well known corporate collapse.
The Commonwealth Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Migration is holding an inquiry into migrant settlement outcomes, with a particular focus on the involvement of youth migrants in gang activity and other forms of anti-social behaviour. The inquiry was announced on 17 November 2016 by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Peter Dutton and the Minister for Social Services, Christian Porter. The Committee is inviting the public to make submissions on the terms of reference of the inquiry before 31 January 2017.
In a recent Media Release (25 November 2016), the Federal Minister for Human Services, Hon Alan Tudge (the Minister), announced that the Federal Government had reached agreement with State and Territory Ministers to establish a ". . . strong National Consumer Protection Framework for online wagering."
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is planning to deny the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac, National Australia Bank and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank (collectively, the banks) petition to collectively bargain with and boycott Apple on Apple Pay.
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