The Australian Legal system, particularly the judicial sphere, prides itself on remaining transparent and accountable. These two concepts stem from the Principle of ‘Open Justice’, a notion that is commonly enjoyed by the Australian community, but is very rarely recognised.
A unanimous decision by the Full Federal Court has clarified that two people can fulfill the criteria for a de facto relationship for the purposes of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) without living together. SZOXP v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  FCAFC 69 was particularly concerned with the requirements in s 5CB(2) of the Act:
As was previously mentioned by TimeBase, the Federal Attorney General has announced that the Federal Government intends to amend the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (the EPBC Act) section 487 to restrict conservationists, green groups and in fact most citizens from challenging major developmental projects under Federal law.
A woman from New South Wales has been awarded $2.3 million in damages for malicious prosecution, after a lengthy legal battle that went all the way to the High Court. Roseanne Beckett was jailed in 1991 after being convicted on nine counts relating to the solicitation of two people to murder her husband, Mr Catt. After a series of appeals, Ms Beckett was released on bail in 2001, pending a review of her conviction by the New South Wales Court of Criminal Appeal. The Court acquitted her on count 9, dismissed the appeal in relation to counts 3 and 4 and ordered a retrial on the remaining counts (1, 2, 5, 6, 7).
In July and August of 2015, there have been a number of legal appointments around Australia. This article highlights five such appointments and goes into the background behind the new positions.