In a speech to the Accord Cosmetic & Personal Care Conference on 22 October 2014, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) Deputy Chair, Delia Rickard, outlined activities aimed at ensuring safe products and accurate marketing claims in the cosmetic industry and also noted that cosmetics accounted for approximately 30 per cent of injury reports in the past year.
In recent months we have reported on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (the TPP) the conclusion of which, in the past, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DEFAT) has indicated is:
A man who has been living in Canberra since the late 1990s is currently facing extradition to Bosnia to be charged over war crimes committed during the Bosnian conflict in the 1990s. Krunoslav Bonic, 39, was arrested in early October.
Speaker Bronwyn Bishop and Senate President Stephen Parry have reversed their decision on the burqa ban in parliamentary proceedings made earlier in the month. The back down followed a huge public outcry over the ruling which criticised the ban as a disgusting violation to the freedom of Australian women.
Victoria's Parliament has become the first Australian jurisdiction, with the passing of the Sentencing Amendment (Historical Homosexual Convictions Expungement) Bill 2014, to erase old criminal convictions of people who were prosecuted for engaging in consenting homosexual sex. They have been closely followed by a bill about to be passed in NSW and the Attorney-General of Queensland has also opened up negotiations to follow suit.