The Federal Government’s proposed changes to university funding and fee deregulation (the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014) are currently being debated in the Senate. It is still not clear whether the bill will pass, as Labor, the Greens and Clive Palmer of the Palmer United Party have all expressed their opposition to the bill as it currently stands.
The Federal Court has by consent ordered penalties totalling $8.3 million against Renegade Gas Pty Ltd (trading as Supagas NSW, a privately owned company) (Renegade Gas), Speed-E-Gas (NSW) Pty Ltd (Speed-E-Gas) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Origin Energy Limited), and three current and former senior officers of the two companies for engaging in cartel conduct.
On 3 September 2014, the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) tabled and made publicly available its final report dealing with Serious Invasions of Privacy in the Digital Era (the Report reference is No 123, 2014). The final report follows on from an inquiry commissioned by the former Labor government that recommended the introduction of a privacy tort to be created by statute. A statutory tort to be similar to those introduced in both the United Kingdom and New Zealand (see our previous posts: Statutory Privacy Tort and ALRC Reform, and "Don't say words you're gonna regret": ALRC Privacy Invasion Review seeks input).
The ACTU is seeking 10 days paid domestic violence leave for permanent staff and 10 days unpaid leave for casuals to be included in all awards, as part of its submission to the Fair Work Commission’s review of modern awards, which were lodged on 28 October 2014.
High Court Justice Bell was the keynote speaker at this year’s Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation Annual Lecture held in Sydney on Thursday 23 October 2014. She focused on time-billing as a major contributor to the “unacceptably high” rate of depression in the profession.