On Tuesday March 4, the High Court heard an appeal from the NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages against a 2013 judgement from NSW that the ABC called ‘the first case of its kind in Australia’. Last year’s case, NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v. Norrie  NSWCA 145, found that it was open to the Registrar to register a person’s sex as neither male or female, but non-specific. This was contrary to an earlier decision by the Administrative Decisions Tribunal Appeals Panel.
In an "in chambers" decision (Sea Shepherd Australia Ltd v The State of Western Australia  WASC 66 (5 March 20914)) his Honour Justice Edelman of the Supreme Court Western Australian (WA) has rejected an application by activist anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd for an injunction to halt the controversial WA Government shark cull policy.
In Electricity Generation Corporation T/As Verve Energy v Woodside Energy Ltd & Ors; Woodside Energy Ltd & Ors v Electricity Generation Corporation T/As Verve Energy  HCA 7 (5 March 2014), a majority of the High Court has held that Woodside Energy Ltd and other gas suppliers in Western Australia (the Sellers) did not breach their obligation to use "reasonable endeavours" to make a certain quantity of gas available to Electricity Generation Corporation t/as Verve Energy (Verve) under a long term gas supply agreement.
Justice Ruth McColl, a senior NSW judge has cautioned there are ''worrying signs'' the Abbott government is undoing measures to support greater gender diversity on the judicial bench and advocated awareness to safeguard hard-won advancements for female lawyers are not lost.
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