On 22 November 2016, the Victorian Parliament introduced the Administration and Probate and Other Acts Amendment (Succession and Related Matters) Bill 2016 (VIC) (the Bill). The Bill aims to amend the Administration and Probate Act 1958 in relation to intestacy and other matters relating to the administration of estates, including fees and commissions, to amend that act, the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 and the Powers of Attorney Act 2014 in relation to ademption, to consequentially amend other acts and for other purposes.
On 27 October 2016 (as previously reported), the Federal Attorney General, Senator George Brandis (the AG) and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator Nigel Scullion, announced in a joint Media Release that the Turnbull Government would ask the Australian Law Reform Commission (the ALRC) to ". . . examine the factors leading to the over representation of Indigenous Australians in our prison system, and consider what reforms to the law could ameliorate this national tragedy".
Early last month (4 November 2016), the NSW Department of Fair Trading released an exposure draft bill for the Gas and Electricity (Consumer Safety) Bill 2016 which aims to consolidate gas and electrical consumer safety laws into a single Act across NSW.
Today (29 November 2016), Justice Kiefel has been appointed as the first female Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia. Additionally, last week (22 November 2016), six new senior counsel were appointed to the legal fraternity in South Australia.
The criminalization of so-called ‘revenge porn’ is being discussed in several jurisdictions, with several reviews being announced in the last few months. South Australia and Victoria have already introduced legislation specifically targeting ‘revenge porn’. The latest state to make changes to the laws is Western Australia, with the Restraining Orders and Related Legislation Amendment (Family Violence) Bill 2016 (WA) passing both Houses of Parliament in the last month. New South Wales has also announced that it intends to introduce new legislation dealing with ‘revenge porn’, and has just completed a public inquiry into a discussion paper it released earlier this year. This week, the Commonwealth Government has also announced it is considering introducing new civil penalties for ‘revenge porn’ and will release a discussion paper on the topic next year.
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