The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has called on the Federal Court to hand Coles a penalty of over $5 million for misleading consumers over the freshness of its bread products, with independent supermarkets calling for an even bigger fine.
In his recent National Security Statement (23 February 2015) the Prime Minister, in speaking to the broader issues of foreign fighters, terrorism and national security, has indicated that the government intends to introduce significant changes to the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (No 20 of 2007) (CTH) (the Citizenship Act) namely, the prospect of removal of citizenship and its privileges as a sanction or deterrent for would be foreign fighters and radicalised citizens who become terrorists.
Recently we posted an article dealing with the report of the Australian Human Rights Commission (the AHRC) on the question of Children in Immigration Detention, a report which found that over the years under both the former and current government the treatment of such children had been less than it should have been in terms of their protection and welfare (see). Flowing from the release of that report was a strong attack on the President of the AHRC, Commissioner Gillian Triggs (The Commissioner) by the Prime Minister and key members of his government accusing the AHRC and Commissioner Triggs of political bias. An attack which arrived at boiling point during a Senate hearing on Tuesday (24 February 2015) where it was revealed that the government had been accused of breaching the Criminal Code by offering Commissioner Triggs an incentive to resign from her role as President of the AHRC.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made a speech today (23 February 2015) at the headquarters of the Australian Federal Police at which he announced a number of new measures designed to counter terrorism. This includes considering creating a new no-go zone in Mosul, Iraq; encouraging Parliament to pass the metadata retention laws and immigration restrictions that are currently stalled in the Senate; and a number of other changes.