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The Boosting Cash Flow for Employers (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (Cth) (“the Bill”) was first introduced on 23 March 2020 by Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, as part of a package of bills aimed to support the Australian community and economy affected by the coronavirus. The Bill passed both houses of Parliament on the same day, and was assented on 24 March 2020.
On 25 March, the COVID-19 Legislation Amendment (Emergency Measures) Act 2020 (NSW) (‘the Act’) received assent. The Bill for the Act was introduced to the Legislative Assembly the previous day by NSW Attorney-General, Mr Mark Speakman. The Act was passed by the Legislative Assembly and later that day, was passed by the Legislative Council with a series of amendments. The Act itself amends a total of twenty other Acts of Parliament.
The Guarantee of Lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (Cth), Australian Business Growth Fund (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (Cth), Assistance for Severely Affected Regions (Special Appropriation) (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (Cth) and Structured Finance Support (Coronavirus Economic Response Package) Bill 2020 (Cth) were first introduced on 23 March 2020 by Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, as part of a package of bills aimed to support the Australian community and economy affected by the Coronavirus.
On 23 March 2020, Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg introduced a package of bills to the House of Representatives containing a number of measures to support the Australian community and economy in response to the various economic challenges posed by the Coronavirus. The bills in the package passed both houses of parliament on the same day. On 24 March 2020, all the Bills received Royal Assent.
On Wednesday, 18 March 2020, Mr J.R. Quigley, the WA Attorney General (the Attorney General) introduced the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application Bill 2020 (the Bill) and its related Bill the Legal Profession Uniform Law Application (Levy) Bill 2020 (the Levy Bill). The key purpose of the Bill is to apply the "Legal Profession Uniform Law" (with modifications) as a law of Western Australia. The Levy Bill is for the purposes of imposing a levy for the purpose of s 243 of the Bill which relates to Law library contributions.
The COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2020 (Tas) was assented to as Act 11 of 2020 on 27 March 2020, and commenced on the same day. The COVID-19 Disease Emergency (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2020 (“the Bill”) was originally introduced only two days earlier, on 25 March 2020, by the Premier of Tasmania, Peter Gutwein (“the Premier”). According to the Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum, the Act “is designed to ensure the continuity of government services and allow the Government to support the Tasmanian community in the context of the COVID-19 emergency response.”
On 18 March 2020, the Public Health and Other Legislation (Public Health Emergency) Amendment Act 2020 (Qld) (‘the Act’) was introduced by the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services, Hon Dr Steven Miles and was subsequently passed by the Queensland Parliament. The Act received assent the following day.
On 17 March 2020, the Federal Court of Australia dismissed an action brought against Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, which challenged his eligibility to have been elected to sit in Parliament on 18 May 2019, in Staindl v Frydenberg  FCAFC 41. The Petitioner, Michael Staindl, sought to rely on section 44(i) of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act (Cth) (“the Constitution”). However, the Federal Court unanimously held that the Petitioner had not proved that the Respondent was, or ever has been a citizen of Hungary, and therefore could not have been ineligible to be elected to Parliament in 2019.
On 18 March 2020, Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy introduced the Wage Theft Bill 2020 (Vic) (“the Bill”) to the Legislative Assembly. The Bill seeks to introduce wage theft offences and to establish the Wage Inspectorate Victoria (“the Inspectorate”).
In Western Australia v Manado; Western Australia v Augustine; Commonwealth of Australia v Augustine; Commonwealth of Australia v Manado  HCA 9 (18 March 2020), the High Court of Australia has, in a unanimous decision, allowed four appeals from a judgment of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia (see Manado on behalf of the Bindunbur Native Title Claim Group v State of Western Australia  FCAFC 238 (20 December 2018)). The four appeals were in relation to the "confirmation of existing public access to and enjoyment of land or waters which are the subject of native title determinations" under the Native Title Act 1993 (Cth) (NTA).
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