On 26 June 2020, NSW Fair Trading released the draft Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Regulation 2020 (NSW) (“the draft Regulation”) for public consultation.
On 25 June 2020 the Minister for Industrial Relations (the Minister), Mr W. J. Johnston, introduced the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (WA) (the Bill). The Bill will amend the Industrial Relations Act 1979 (WA) (the IR Act), the Long Service Leave Act 1958 (WA) (the LSL Act) and the Minimum Conditions of Employment Act 1993 (WA) (the MCE Act).
On 5 March 2020, the Telecommunications Legislation Amendment (International Production Orders) Bill 2020 (Cth) was introduced to the House of Representatives. The Bill has been sent to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights for consideration.
Recently, two Bills were introduced into the Tasmanian Parliament with the intention of helping stimulate the state’s economy. The Homebuilder Grants Bill 2020 and the Land Tax Amendment Bill 2020 were both introduced into the House of Assembly on 24 June 2020 by the Hon Michael Ferguson, and both Bills passed the Legislative Council on the same day.
On 12 November 2019, the New South Wales Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, Kevin Anderson, introduced the Work Health and Safety Amendment (Review) Bill 2020 (NSW) (“the Bill”) into the Legislative Assembly. The Bill passed the lower house with amendments on 26 February 2020, before passing the upper house on 4 June 2020. The Bill was assented on 4 June 2020.
The Conservation and Land Management Amendment Bill 2020 (WA) (the Bill) was introduced into the WA Parliament by Mr R.R. Whitby (Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer; Minister for Finance; Aboriginal Affairs; Lands, and; Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment; Disability Services) on 25 June 2020. The purpose of the Bill was stated to be to amend the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 (WA) (the CALM Act) to implement Government policy commitments, including the joint vesting of marine parks with traditional owners.
On 25 June 2020, the Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Act 2020 (NSW) ("the Act") received assent. The Act repeals, rewrites and renames the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 (“the 1990 Act”). The purpose of the Act is to implement reforms recommended by the NSW Law Reform Commission in two forensic health reports titled “Diversion” (“2012 Report”) and “Criminal Responsibility and Consequences” (“2013 Report”).
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) have announced in a media release that they have instituted proceedings in Federal Court against Dodo Services Pty Ltd (“Dodo”) and Primus Telecommunications Services Pty Ltd (“iPrimus”), which are both owned by Vocus Group (“Vocus”), alleging the companies made “false or misleading claims about the NBN broadband speeds their customers could achieve during busy evening hours”.
Recently the "YourSAy engagements" website posted a new proposal for discussion and feedback on the role and operation of powers of attorney in South Australia with a particular focus on the Powers of Attorney and Agency Act 1984 (SA) (the POA Act). The broad description of the investigation is that it is looking at "whether the current laws that apply to Enduring Powers of Attorney (POAs) are effective and are working to protect vulnerable South Australians".
In HyperLife Pty Ltd t/a Acme Preston v Brennan  FWC 3080 (12 June 2020), Deputy President Dean has granted a Sydney-based manufacturing firm (“ACME Preston”) a $29,606 reduction in redundancy payouts across a total of four hearings, essentially cutting 29 weeks’ worth of entitlements for workers at the company’s manufacturing plant.
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