Legal Research News

Change the Record and National Justice Coalition Tackle High Rates of Indigenous Imprisonment in Australia

Tuesday 5 May 2015 @ 1.17 p.m. | Crime | Legal Research

As a result of the 2014 Social Justice Report (released on 27 November 2014), leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, community and human rights organisations have come together through the National Justice Coalition and a ‘Change The Record’ campaign, which commenced on 30 April 2015. This campaign aims to address the 88 per cent increase in the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have been imprisoned over the past decade.

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Felton v BHP Billiton Pty Ltd [2015] FWC 1838: BHP Worker Loses Unfair Dismissal Claim

Tuesday 5 May 2015 @ 9.36 a.m. | Industrial Law | Legal Research

In the case of Felton v BHP Billiton Pty Ltd [2015] FWC 1838 (30 April 2015), a former BHP Billiton worker has lost an unfair dismissal bid against the mining giant at the Fair Work Commission (FWC) after he was dismissed for refusing to shave his beard.

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Fathers Sue New Jersey Family Court Judges Claiming Best Interests of Child Standard Violates Rights

Monday 4 May 2015 @ 12.44 p.m. | Legal Research

A would-be class action lawsuit filed by six fathers claims New Jersey family court judges are unconstitutionally depriving plaintiffs of child custody by using a “best interest of the child” standard.

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Proposed Amendments to Binding Financial Agreements

Friday 1 May 2015 @ 11.10 a.m. | Legal Research | Taxation

Commonwealth Attorney General George Brandis has released the exposure draft for the Civil Law and Justice Legislation Amendment Bill 2015: family law. The proposed legislation will make amendments to the binding financial agreement provisions of the Family Law Act 1975. Specifically, the amendments seek to remove existing uncertainties around requirements for entering, interpreting and enforcing agreements. 

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ACCC v AGL South Australia Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 399: AGL SA Penalised For Making False or Misleading Representations

Friday 1 May 2015 @ 10.08 a.m. | Legal Research | Trade & Commerce

In Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v AGL South Australia Pty Ltd [2015] FCA 399 (29 April 2015), the Federal Court has ordered AGL South Australia Pty Ltd (AGL SA) to pay penalties of $700,000 and to offer refunds totalling approximately $780,000 to 23,000 consumers for making false or misleading representations about the level of discount residential consumers would receive under AGL SA’s energy plans, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

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