The Family Violence Protection Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2017 (Vic)(‘the Act’) was assented this year (2017) in June, and is part of a state-wide effort to address the issue of domestic violence through the implementation of an information sharing scheme. The Act aims to address the culture of reluctance in reporting and sharing information about perpetrators, with special regard to the issue of balancing the perpetrator’s right to privacy and the victim’s right to safety. In a, Special Minister of State Gavin Jennings noted:
Legal action against H.J. Heinz Company Australia Ltd (Heinz) commenced on Monday 24 July 2017, with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) alleging the "Little Kids Shredz" range misleads the public about the nutritional content of the product. The Federal Court has heard that the food for toddlers, marketed as being made almost entirely from fruit and vegetables contains so much sugar it should be deemed confectionery by experts.
Last week (21 July 2017), the final report from the Ministerial Advisory Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying was delivered in Victoria detailing the Panel's recommendations for a safe and compassionate voluntary assisted dying framework for Victoria.
Former high profile criminal lawyer, Timothy Meehan, has been sentenced to five and a half years imprisonment for nine fraud offences committed at his former law firm. Mr. Meehan was sentenced after pleading guilty to a scheme to dodge bankruptcy and tax payments by taking client payments in cash amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
In the case of Mahajan v Burgess Rawson & Associates Pty Ltd  FCCA 1560 (6 July 2017), the Federal Circuit Court (Melbourne) has decided a commercial real estate firm unlawfully dismissed an administrative assistant in the last week of her probation period because she was pregnant and took leave days to deal with illness, despite the company arguing work performance issues led to the dismissal.
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