On Tuesday March 4, the High Court heard an appeal from the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages against a 2013 judgement from NSW that the ABC called ‘the first case of its kind in Australia’. Last year’s case, NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v. Norrie  NSWCA 145, found that it was open to the Registrar to register a person’s sex as neither male or female, but non-specific. This was contrary to an earlier decision by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal Appeals Panel.
Earlier this month, Attorney-General George Brandis announced that the government is considering implementing a scheme that would require Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to issue notices to users who copyright owners have alleged have infringed on their works through downloading TV shows or movies.
In an "in chambers" decision (Sea Shepherd Australia Ltd v The State of Western Australia  WASC 66 (5 March 20914)) his Honour Justice Edelman of the Supreme Court Western Australian (WA) has rejected an application by activist anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd for an injunction to halt the controversial WA Government shark cull policy.
On 5 March 2013, the Christian Democrats Leader the Reverend the Honourable FJ Nile, MLC (the Rev. Nile) introduced into the NSW Parliament a Private Members Bill entitled the Crimes Amendment (Provocation) Bill 2014 (the Bill) whose key purpose is stated as the amendment of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) (the Crimes Act) in relation to the partial defence of provocation to a charge of murder. This proposed legislative reform was included in The partial defence of provocation report published in April 2013 by the Legislative Council’s Select Committee on the Partial Defence of Provocation head by the Rev. Nile.
The Fair Work Commission has found that grossly offensive Facebook status updates on an employee’s personal account could be grounds for dismissal after a Credit Corp Group manager was dismissed for this very reason.
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