The Australian Parliament’s Health, Aged Care and Sport Committee (the Committee) has recently announced that it has commenced an inquiry into the Use of Electronic Cigarettes and Personal Vaporisers in Australia.
The Queensland Parliament has introduced a Bill for the creation of a Land Access Ombudsman who would facilitate the resolution of disputes about conduct and compensation agreements and make-good agreements. The Land Access Ombudsman Bill 2017 came as a result of Mr Robert Scott’s government commissioned review of the Gasfields Commission Queensland. The Bill also contains provisions to save existing provisions contained in the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions) Transitional Regulation 2016 which is set to expire in September 2017.
It is reported that more than 250 Indigenous leaders are to meet at Uluru this week for a "First Nations" convention that will seek to present the priorities identified by the "12 First Nation dialogues" on the question of "constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians". The convention comes a week before the 50 year anniversary of the 1967 Referendum which marked the first actual recognition of Indigenous people as Australians on 27 May 2017. An anniversary that will also occur around the same time as 20 years having passed since the "Bringing Them Home report" and 25th year since the Mabo judgment. Listing these events reveal how long the path has been to get to the appropriate recognition of Indigenous Australians and how much more work is required ahead.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) has instituted proceedings in the Federal Court against Ultra Tune Australia Pty Ltd (Ultra Tune), for a number of alleged failures to comply with the Franchising Code (the Code) [the Code is contained in Sch 1 to the Competition and Consumer (Industry Codes-Franchising) Regulation 2014] and for alleged breaches of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) [contained in Sch 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)].
On 16 May 2017, a consultation draft was released for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 (NSW) (The Bill). The object of this Bill is to provide a legislative framework for the rights of terminally ill persons to request and receive assistance to end their lives voluntarily.
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