The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) released its interim paper yesterday (3 August 2015) on the Review of Commonwealth Laws for Consistency with Traditional Rights, Freedoms and Privileges.
The Statutes Amendment (Vulnerable Witnesses) Bill 2015 (No. 25 of 2015) from South Australia (SA) has just passed the final stages in Parliament, enabling special arrangements relating to vulnerable persons and the justice system.
The Full Federal Court has allowed an appeal by Flight Centre Travel Group Limited and overturned a 2013 decision that saw Flight Centre fined $11 million over six alleged breaches of the then Trade Practices Act 1974 (Now the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)). In the case Flight Centre Ltd v ACCC  FCAFC 104, the court found that Flight Centre had not induced anti-competitive arrangements with three international airlines by eliminating the differences in international airfares offered to customers.
Queensland Barrister Alan MacSporran has been appointed as the new chairman of the Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission. The appointment was made by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on the 30 July 2015 after a drawn out battle between the Liberal National Party and the Labor Government over who should hold the position.
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