Yesterday (25 November 2015) was White Ribbon Day, a day which is set aside by anti-domestic violence group White Ribbon for the purpose of reminding people that they ". . . must keep working in their daily lives to eliminate violence against women to create long-term change". To mark the day various community leaders, including the Prime Minister, took the opportunity to speak in support of changing community attitudes to domestic violence and announcing measures and plans for making such change happen. One such announcement came from the SA Premier Mr Jay Weatherill, who is reported to have supported the introduction into SA of legislation which has become known in the UK and here as Clare's Law.
Senator Nick Xenophon introduced his private Interactive Gambling Amendment (Sports Betting Reform) Bill 2015 into the Senate on the 24 November 2015. The Bill, if passed, will amend the Interactive Gambling Act 2001 to insert a new definition which encompasses websites through which individuals can place bets on sporting events.
It has been reported in a recent ACCC Media Release that Arnott’s Biscuits Ltd (Arnott’s) has paid penalties totalling $51,000 following the issue of five infringement notices by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) relating to representations made by Arnott’s about its Shapes Light & Crispy product. Arnott’s also provided a court enforceable undertaking to the ACCC.
As reported in a recent ACCC Media Release, the Federal Court has found that Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd (Jetstar) and Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd (Virgin) contravened the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) (namely ss 18(1), 29(1)(i), 29(1)(m), 48, 224, 232 and 246(2)(d)) [which is contained in Sch 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)] by engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct and making false or misleading representations about the price of particular advertised airfares, in proceedings brought against each of the airlines by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC).
The Attorney General, George Brandis, has recently appointed the Honourable Susan Ryan AO as the Disability Discrimination Commissioner. Meanwhile, Queensland has appointed a new Director of Public Prosecutions as well as a new Judge to its Court of Appeal.