The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has offered to bear the legal costs of Margaret Cunneen SC in the pending High Court case concerning corrupt conduct. As we have previously reported here and here, the ICAC is seeking to commence a public inquiry into allegations that Cunneen advised her son’s girlfriend, Sophia Tilley, to “pretend to have chest pains” to avoid being breath-tested after being involved in a car accident.
Recently we posted an item on the release of the Productivity Commission’s five issues papers relating to Australia’s workplace relations framework and the debate likely to be ignited by the process leading to the report to be produced by the Productivity Commission on Workplace Relations in November 2015 (see our article ""). As anticipated, the report's announcement has driven much comment in the media. Generally the reaction from business has seen it as a positive measure designed to revamp industry and the economy while the unions and the Federal opposition claim that it will set the ground for a “return to WorkChoices”.
Following on from the release of the interim report of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse in July 2014, NSW has released a discussion paper on 23 January 2015, indicating that they may lift the time limit in which survivors of child sexual abuse can sue for damages in civil claims.
In 2013, independent South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon sought changes to Federal Law intended to enable a man suspected of killing Adelaide woman Anthea Bradshaw-Hall to be prosecuted in Australia.
The Abbott Government has announced a sweeping review of the Australian industrial relations system. Productivity Commissioner Chief Peter Harris has promised that the review will be the broadest review of IR laws in a generation. The findings of this review are expected to form the basis of a new workplace relations policy for the Federal Coalition.