The South Australian Government has released two new draft bills - the Summary Procedure (Service) Amendment Bill 2016 and the Electronic Transactions (Criminal Proceedings) Amendment Bill 2016. Together, the bills will make changes to the current criminal justice system in South Australia to allow prosecutors to provide preliminary documents to the Court and the Defence using a wider range of electronic methods.
It has been revealed that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched a public inquiry into why internet companies cannot deliver advertised broadband speeds.
South Australia has released a discussion paper on domestic violence that asks for public feedback on eight key topics in order to develop new policies designed to help prevent domestic and family violence. The paper also includes a discussion of data on the occurrence of domestic violence in the state drawn from information collected by the South Australian Police, the Courts Administration Authority and the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Following the ABC's Four Corners program on Monday night (25 July 2016) detailing graphically the mistreatment of children in detention at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in the Northern Territory, it is now clear that there will be a joint Federal and Northern Territory Governments' Royal Commission into the matter. The Prime Minister (the PM) in a Joint Statement with the Federal Attorney General (the Federal AG) has already made an announcement to this effect in a Media Release, stating that:
The High Court has today (27 July 2016) unanimously allowed an appeal from the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in the case of Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZSSJ; SZTZI  HCA 29. The matter concerned the Department’s processes and response to an unauthorised release of an electronic document containing embedded information disclosing the identities of 9,258 applicants for protection visas who were in immigration detention at the time. It was alleged by the two applicants that the process had denied them procedural fairness.
Today in Paciocco & Anor v Australia And New Zealand Banking Group Limited; Paciocco & Anor v Australia And New Zealand Banking Group Limited  HCA 28 (27 July 2016) the High Court of Australia, in a majority decision has dismissed two appeals from the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (see Paciocco v Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited  FCAFC 50 (8 April 2015)) . As a result the High Court held that in the first appeal:
In the case of National Australia Bank Ltd v Rose  VSCA 169, delivered on 21 July 2016, the Victorian Supreme Court of Appeal determined that National Australia Bank did not properly inform a customer who went guarantor for $8 million in loans, meaning he would not have to pay back money still owed.
In the case of NRM Corporation Pty Ltd v ACCC  FCAFC 98 (21 July 2016), the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has dismissed an appeal by NRM Corporation Pty Ltd and NRM Trading Pty Ltd (together, NRM), and NRM director Jacov Vaisman, against the decision of Justice North that NRM had engaged in unconscionable conduct through its Advanced Medical Institute business promoting and supplying medical services and medications for men suffering from sexual dysfunction.
On 22 July 2016, Queensland notified Regulation No. 120 of 2016 -the Australian Crime Commission (Queensland) Regulation 2016 (the Regulation). The aim of the Regulation is to support the Australian Crime Commission (Queensland) Act 2003 (the Act) which provides for the powers, duties and functions of the Australian Crime Commission.
Woollahra Council has failed in an attempt to challenge the Baird Government’s Council amalgamation process. Last week, Chief Justice Preston of the New South Wales Land and Environment Court dismissed Woollahra’s case against the Minister for Local Government, finding that the Council had not successfully established any of its grounds of challenge. According to a Sydney Morning Herald article, the Council are currently weighing up the benefits of an appeal, with Mayor of Woollahra Toni Zeltzer saying she was ‘mindful of the costs already borne by residents’.
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