A Parliamentary Select Committee in the Commonwealth has released a report on the Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill. The Bill was originally drafted as the basis for on-going consultation if the Government’s same-sex marriage plebiscite had gone ahead. Although the Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016 (Cth) failed to pass the Senate, the Select Committee said they hoped the report would still be “a useful vehicle to seek consensus on agreed elements of the proposal, and to better identify the substantive issues that remain contested as a result of people’s varying political or philosophical perspectives.
On 8 February 2017, the Victorian Legislative Assembly introduced the Electricity Safety Amendment (Bushfire Mitigation Civil Penalties Scheme) Bill 2017. The Bill provides civil penalties as a measure of last resort to ensure that full effect is given to the recommendations of the royal commission into bushfire risk and other matters.
The Victorian Parliament has seen the recent introduction of the Jury Directions and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2017. The Bill builds on previous reforms to the Jury Directions Act 2015 (VIC) to improve the jury direction process. The Bill aims to clarify the content of particular directions while discouraging abolishing certain unhelpful and confusing directions and at the same time introduce new directions to address common misconceptions. It also removes the arbitrary time requirements for jury deliberations.
The Foreign Affairs and Aid Sub-Committee of the Commonwealth Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has announced the commencement of an inquiry into modern slavery in Australia. The inquiry will consider whether Australia should adopt an Act comparable to the United Kingdom’s Modern Slavery Act 2015.
On 9 February 2017, the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, introduced new legislation, namely the: Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority Bill 2017 (The IPEA Bill) and the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017 (the Consequential Amendments Bill) into the House of Representatives, to set up an independent parliamentary expenses authority.
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