Despite NSW tabling a Parliamentary Discussion Paper in May 2013 regarding the medical use of cannabis, ACT has become the latest jurisdiction to propose legislation decriminalising the use of cannabis for seriously ill patients or patients with chronic pain.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) have warned that proposed amendments contained in the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 (Cth) could severely disadvantage the AFP as most of their daily work could be excluded from compensatory arrangements.
In new results from the longest running national drug survey (from 2010 to 2013), dramatic effects from plain packaging tobacco laws are being seen.
The Australian Federal Government has founded a committee to inquire into current law enforcement’s use of section 313 of the Telecommunication Act 1997 (Cth). The committee was established on 16 July 2014 specifically to look at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Australian Federal Police. In the past, both agencies have used section 313 to shut down multiple websites causing episodes of online disruption.
Attorney-General George Brandis has said (on 17 July 2014) that forcing internet service providers to retain customer data for up to two years for access by law enforcement agencies is under "active consideration" by the government, however, nothing has yet been decided in terms of action.