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Education and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016

Friday 27 May 2016 @ 10.37 a.m. | Legal Research

On 24 May, the Queensland Legislative Assembly introduced the Education and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 into Parliament. The primary objective of the bill is to make the Preparatory Year (Prep) the compulsory first year of school education in Queensland. The bill also improves the regulation relating to the teaching provisions in Queensland. The bill also introduces a statutory debt recovery mechanism to recover State and Commonwealth funding paid to non-state schools in excess of their entitlement.

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Northern Territory Passes Legislation to Toughen Up Drug Laws

Thursday 26 May 2016 @ 11.36 a.m. | Crime | Legal Research

The Justice Legislation Amendment (Drug Offences) Bill 2016 passed the Northern Territory (NT) Assembly on 25 May 2016 and is awaiting assent. The new legislation is meant to substantially strength NT drug legislation and is described by the Attorney General Mr Elferink (the AG) as seeking to:

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Court Appointments for May 2016

Wednesday 25 May 2016 @ 11.28 a.m. | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

The Commonwealth Attorney General, George Brandis, has recently announced several new judicial appointments to the Federal Court of Australia as well as the Federal Circuit Court of Australia and the Family Court.

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Manus Asylum Seekers Launch High Court Action

Wednesday 25 May 2016 @ 9.51 a.m. | Legal Research | Immigration

On Wednesday the 4th of May 2016, the ABC News reported that 757 asylum seekers held on Manus Island had launched a High Court action seeking their immediate removal from Manus Island to Australia. The action is reported to be prompted by the previous week's decision in the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court ruling that the detention centre on Manus Island breached PNG's constitution.

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New SA Central Wills Register Established

Tuesday 24 May 2016 @ 2.23 p.m. | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

On 24 May 2016, the SA Law Society as an initiative of the Succession Law Committee, has set up a Central Wills Register, including the location of all wills held by practitioners in the State.

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