A move to allow unborn babies to be treated as "persons" in court judgments appears set for debate in the NSW parliament. The private member's bill has been languishing in the state's upper house for a year having failed to secure a majority of votes and is due to lapse in November. But the case of unborn baby Mia, who died in a crash last year, has renewed calls for the Crimes Amendment (Zoe's Law) Bill 2013 (No. 2) in NSW (dubbed "Zoe's law") to be brought back before parliament again.
Recently, The Age reported that there may be an underlying trap in the newly signed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Australia and China. The recently signed agreement has to date been kept very confidential when it comes to details of its content but the revelation that the agreement between China and Australia signed on Monday (17 November 2014), contains Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions, having the potential to allow Chinese corporations to sue the Australian government if changes in Australian law can be shown to have harmed or damaged their Australian investments, has caused some questions to be raised by the Federal opposition and the Greens.
The NSW Surveillance Devices Amendment (Police Body-Worn Video) Act 2014 has been enacted on the 19 November 2014. The Act amends the Surveillance Devices Act 2007 to allow for the use of body-worn video by police officers. The act will further provide exceptions to police officers with body-worn video from offences that prohibit the use of surveillance devices to record private conversations and the carrying on of activities.
The Tasmanian government has passed the Workplaces (Protection From Protesters) Bill 2014 on the 18 November 2014. The bill was designed to implement the Tasmanian government’s election policy commitment to introduce laws that would address illegal protests in the workplace.
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