Royal Commissions Amendment (Private Sessions) Act 2019 Receives Assent

Tuesday 17 September 2019 @ 12.03 p.m. | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

On 13 September, the Royal Commissions Amendment (Private Sessions) Act 2019 (Cth) received assent as Act 64 of 2019.  The Royal Commissions Amendment (Private Sessions) Bill 2019 was originally introduced into the House of Representatives by the Hon. Ben Morton MP, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet (‘the Minister’).  The Bill was amended in the Senate and finally passed through both Houses on 10 September 2019.

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Victoria Releases Draft Environmental Protection Regulations for Consultation

Tuesday 17 September 2019 @ 10.51 a.m. | Legal Research

On 2 September 2019, the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (“the EPA”) and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning released the draft Environment Protection Regulations (VIC) (“the Draft EP Regulations”) and draft Environment Protection Transitional Regulations (VIC) (“the Draft EP Transitional Regulations”) for public consultation.

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CTH Bill Would Allow Minister To Require Biometric Data From Certain Visa Class Applicants

Friday 13 September 2019 @ 1.36 p.m. | Legal Research | Immigration

The Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019 (Cth) (the “Bill”) is currently being considered by the Commonwealth Parliament. On 11 September 2019, the Bill passed the House of Representatives and was introduced to the Senate later on the same day. The Bill is sponsored by Mr David Coleman (Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs) and proposes to amend the Migration Act 1959 (Cth) (the “Act”).

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Minogue v Victoria [2019] HCA 31: High Court on Validity of Victorian Parole Provision

Thursday 12 September 2019 @ 3.02 p.m. | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

In Craig William John Minogue v State of Victoria [2019] HCA 31, decided on 11 September 2019, the High Court of Australia has unanimously held that section 74AB of the Corrections Act 1986 (Vic) ("the Act") is a valid provision.  Their Honours found that, given this finding, the question of the validity of section 74AAA of the Act did not arise in the circumstances of the current case.

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QLD Parliament Passes Personalised Transport Ombudsman Bill 2019

Tuesday 10 September 2019 @ 1.53 p.m. | Corporate & Regulatory | Legal Research

On 13 February 2019, the Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, the Hon. Mark Bailey (‘the Minister’), introduced the Personalised Transport Ombudsman Bill 2019 (QLD) (‘the Bill’) to the Queensland Legislative Assembly. The Bill intends to help resolve complaints relating to personalised transport services.  On 3 September 2019, the Bill was passed with amendments by the Legislative Assembly.

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Victoria Releases Draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations for Public Consultation

Tuesday 10 September 2019 @ 10.29 a.m. | Legal Research

On 28 August 2019, the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions released the draft Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019 (VIC) (“the Draft Regulations”) and its regulatory impact statement for public consultation.

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Draft Commonwealth Religious Discrimination Bills Package Released for Comment

Thursday 5 September 2019 @ 2.36 p.m. | Industrial Law | Legal Research

The Commonwealth Government has released a package of draft legislation, including a draft version of the Religious Discrimination Bill (the draft Bill) for public comment and submissions.  The legislation was drafted in response to the Report of the Religious Freedom Review (the Review) which was released by the Prime Minister and the Attorney-General on 13 December 2018. The Review made several recommendations and concluded that there was:

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Health Legislation Amendment and Repeal Bill 2019 Introduced Into Victorian Parliament

Tuesday 3 September 2019 @ 2.25 p.m. | Corporate & Regulatory | Legal Research

On 28 August 2019, the Minister for Mental Health, Mr Martin Foley, introduced the Health Legislation Amendment and Repeal Bill 2019 (VIC) (“the Bill”) to the Victorian Legislative Assembly. The Bill consists of a wide range of amendments to several health-related acts. If passed, the Bill aims to:

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Victoria Introduces Bill To Make Reforms To PSO Powers and Other Police-Related Amendments

Tuesday 3 September 2019 @ 12.12 p.m. | Legal Research

On 28 August 2019, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville (“the Minister”) introduced the Police Legislation Amendment (Road Safety Camera Commissioner and Other Matters) Bill 2019 (VIC) (“the Bill”) into the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

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New ACT Bill Proposes Making WorkSafe ACT an Independent Entity

Thursday 29 August 2019 @ 3.16 p.m. | Industrial Law

On 15 August 2019, the Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety, Rachel Stephen-Smith MLA, (the Minister) introduced the Work Health and Safety Amendment Bill 2019 (the Bill) into the ACT Assembly.  The key purpose of the Bill according to the Minister's media release is to “enhance the independence, transparency, accountability and scrutiny of WorkSafe ACT”.

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