In the case of ACCC v Origin Energy Electricity Limited  FCA 278 (27 March 2015), the Federal Court has ordered Origin Energy Electricity Limited (Origin) to pay $2 million in penalties in relation to unlawful door-to-door selling practices in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). The Court also ordered Origin’s marketing company, SalesForce Australia Pty Ltd (SalesForce), to pay $325,000 in penalties.
In the recent case of Bevilacqua v Telco Business Solutions (Watergardens) PL (Human Rights)  VCAT 269 (11 March 2015), a Victorian worker has won a civil lawsuit against her employer after the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) found she was discriminated against for having morning sickness.
Recently (19 March 2015), the Australian government's Minister for Justice Mr Michael Keenan (the Minister) introduced into the parliament the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Powers, Offences and Other Measures) Bill 2015 (Cth) (the Bill) which, among other measures, contained as the Minister said in his speech to the House of Representatives:
In the past few months, the Federal Parliament has been handed its report from the Parliamentary Committee into Domestic Violence. Joining them, the new Queensland Government has been delivered recommendations from their domestic violence taskforce and the new Victorian Government has already announced a Royal Commission into Family Violence. Below are explanations of these initiatives and what is driving the push for a national agenda to tackle family violence.
According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (the ACCC) latest small business report – Small Business in Focus - the ACCC reports that it has been contacted by more than 7,000 individuals with complaints and enquiries about small businesses and franchising during the period of July-December 2014.