The Justice Legislation Amendment (Police and Other Matters) Bill 2019 (Vic) (‘the Bill’) was introduced in the Victorian Legislative Assembly on 5 February 2019. The Bill makes key amendments to various Acts focusing on changes to police investigative powers (particularly in regards to DNA evidence), drug and firearm matters, and introducing additional offences against harm and threats against officers.
In Williams v Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community Council  HCA 4 (13 February 2019) the High Court, in a majority decision, has allowed an appeal from a decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory [see  ACTCA 46 (23 October 2017)] with respect to the extent to which the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (ACT) ("the RT Act") applies to leases granted pursuant to the Aboriginal Land Grant (Jervis Bay Territory) Act 1986 (Cth) ("the Land Grant Act") over certain land, known as "Aboriginal Land", within the Jervis Bay Territory.
In a, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) has announced that it has successfully prosecuted a former hand car wash and detailing franchisor Geowash Pty Ltd (“Geowash”) in the recent case of ACCC v Geowash Pty Ltd (Subject to a Deed of Company Arrangement) (No 3)  FCA 72 (8 February 2019).
In Unions NSW v New South Wales  HCA 1, the High Court has unanimously held that subsection 29(10) of the Electoral Funding Act 2018 (NSW) (‘the EF Act’) is invalid.
On 6 February 2019, the High Court (by majority), allowed an appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory (Outback Ballooning Pty Ltd v Work Health Authority and Bamber  NTCA 7 (19 October 2017)).
In a recent, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (“ACCC”) announced that Optus has been fined $10 million for misleading customers who unknowingly purchased or subscribed to content via the telco's direct billing service.
The Australian Law Reform Commission's (ALRC's) final report into class action proceedings and third-party litigation funders has been publicly released after being tabled in Federal Parliament on 25 January 2019. According to the acting Attorney-General, Greg Hunt MP, the report is "expected to stimulate debate amongst consumer advocates, the legal profession, the business sector, and across the wider community, on the issues raised by the report."
A Parliamentary Inquiry into Australian and international organ trafficking released its final report on 3 December 2018. The final report, written by the Human Rights Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (‘the Sub-Committee’), titled Compassion, Not Commerce: An inquiry into human organ trafficking and organ transplant tourism (‘the Report’) makes twelve recommendations as to how the Australian government can combat this practice. The Report examines the prevalence of organ trafficking both internationally and within Australia and discusses Australia’s current involvement in international efforts to stop this trade.
The Family Violence Reforms Bill 2018 (Tas) (the “Bill”) was introduced to Tasmania Parliament’s House of Assembly on 25 September 2018, by the Hon Elise Archer MP. It received Royal Assent on 10 December 2018 and was enacted as the Family Violence Reforms Act 2018 (Act 26 of 2018), with Act also taking commencing on the date of its assent.
On Monday (10 December 2018) the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) published its Digital Platform Inquiry: Preliminary Report (the Preliminary Report) which sets out 11 preliminary recommendations and eight areas to be further analysed as its inquiry continues.
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