Today (22 September 2014), the Competition Policy Review or Harper Review has released its first draft report available for public comment including 52 different recommendations for reform of competition law.
Amendments to Australia’s anti-terror laws due to be introduced into Commonwealth Parliament tomorrow (23 September 2014) will substantially increase police powers with regards to terrorism. The amendments will amend a range of legislation including the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) and the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
Concern that Japan will resume whaling in the Antarctic as early as next year appears to have been justified. Last week, Japanese representatives at the International Whaling Commission (“the IWC”) announced that they intend to submit a new research plan for the 2015 season that they believe will be in line with international law.
The Human Rights Law Centre has lodged a statement to the 27th session of the Human Rights Council currently underway in Geneva calling on the Council to urge Australia to take effective steps to address the social crisis of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ high imprisonment rates.
Recently, the SMH reported that a Japanese court in Fukushima had ruled that Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), the key Japanese nuclear power plant operator, could be held responsible for the suicide of a woman who became depressed after the earthquake/tsunami disaster and resulting power station melt down in 2011. Such a ruling highlights the question of whether the law, employers and insurers do enough to help those harmed by major stress and trauma.
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