On 28 July 2016, the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, the Hon Philip Dalidakis, launched the Small Business Retail Regulation Review in Victoria, a small subset of a bigger three part review of Small Business Regulation overall.
The Victorian Government has given assent on 23 August 2016 to the Gene Technology Amendment Act 2016 (No. 43 of 2016) to amend the Gene Technology Act 2001 (VIC) as required as a result of the Commonwealth Gene Technology Amendment Act 2015 (CTH). The Act will ensure that Victoria maintains consistent gene technology legislation with the Commonwealth and other States and Territories as part of the national gene technology regulatory scheme.
In a recent abc.net.au article, it was revealed that NSW has become the first state to launch a complaints register, publicly listing the companies which receive the most complaints to authorities.
Today (24 August 2016), the High Court has allowed three appeals from a decision of the Court of Criminal Appeal of the Supreme Court of South Australia in the case of Miller v R; Smith v R; Presley v DPP (CTH)  HCA 30. The case concerned directions to the jury by leaving open extended joint criminal enterprise in relation to each appellant and in failing to leave manslaughter in excessive self-defence open in Miller’s instance.
On 22 August 2016, Schedule 2 of the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Amendment (Review) Act 2016 (33 of 2016) [NSW] was proclaimed by Regulation 513 of 2016. The Act makes miscellaneous amendments to the Crimes (Domestic and Personal Violence) Act 2007 (NSW) and Chapter 9A of the Coroners Act 2009 (NSW) to give effect to the recommendations arising from the statutory reviews of that Act and Chapter; and for other purposes.
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