The Newman Government has released a media report indicating it plans to change the so-called generous public housing rules that allowed publically subsidised housing properties to be vacant for up to a year while tenants enjoyed extended holidays or served prison terms. Housing Minister Tim Mander said under Labor’s rules, tenants could take getaways of up to 12 months without putting their tenancies at risk.
On Friday, the NSW Government passed the Child Protection (Working with Children) Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulation 2013 (No. 676 of 2013).
South Australia has recently assented the Criminal Law (Sentencing) (Sentences of Indeterminate Duration) Amendment Act 2013 (No. 77 of 2013). The Act amends the Criminal Law (Sentencing) Act 1988 (principal Act) to alter the current test for the discharge of an indeterminate sentence order and impose a new test for a release on licence that requires the Court to take into account the safety of the community as a paramount consideration. Additionally, the Act amends the test for the making of an indeterminate detention order. Once again, the Act will require the Court to take into account the safety of the community as the paramount consideration.
Wotton + Kearney partner Cain Jackson, a leading Australian insurance lawyer, has commented that the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS) lacks sophistication and resources. This was said as a member of the six personal panel at the Thought Leadership breakfast on consumer protection regulation in Sydney on 26 September.
Today the High Court unanimously dismissed an appeal from a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, which held that documents relating to nominations of a person to the Order of Australia were not subject to disclosure under s 6A(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) in the decision of Kline v Governor-General  HCA 52.