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Today, 13 December 2017, the High Court of Australia released its judgment in the case: Regional Express Holdings Limited v Australian Federation of Air Pilots  HCA 55 (the “Case”). In their judgment, the Full Court, consisting of Chief Justice Kiefel, Justices Keane, Nettle, Gordon and Edelman dismissed an appeal from the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia. The judgment of the High Court was summarised at :
On 13 December 2017, the High Court unanimously allowed an appeal from the Supreme Court of Nauru in DWN042 v The Republic of Nauru  HCA 56, holding that the Supreme Court had failed in according DWN042 ('the appellant') procedural fairness, because it failed to consider a notice of motion.
The Criminal Procedure Amendment (Trial by Judge Alone) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was introduced into Western Australia’s Legislative Council on 7 December 2017 (as a Private Members Bill) by the Hon Aaron Stonehouse MLC, where it is currently awaiting further comment and discussion.
On 7 December 2017, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade ('the Committee') tabled its final report on modern slavery, titled ‘.’
Last week, the Inspector of Correctional Services Act 2017 [ACT] (the “Act”) was assented by the Attorney General of the Australian Capital Territory. This Act, enacted from the Inspector of Correctional Services Bill 2017 (the “Bill”), establishes a new, independent position of Inspector of Correctional Services (the “Inspector) for the ACT. It also provides for the operational structure surrounding the Inspector, including provisions for support staff and contractors with diverse or specialised expertise. The purpose of the Act, as denoted in the explanatory statement to the Bill, is to:
On Wednesday (6 December 2017) the Federal Government introduced the Crimes Legislation Amendment (Combatting Corporate Crime) Bill 2017 (the Bill) into the Senate. According to the government, the Bill is intended to tackle the fact that "corporate crime" hurts Australian business and Australia's international reputation and economic well being - the damage is estimated as a cost to Australia of around $8.5 billion every year.
Same-sex couples will be able to apply to get married in Australia from tomorrow (Saturday 9 December 2017), after Parliament passed the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 through the House of Representatives last night. The Bill received assent this morning (8 December 2017), and the substantive provisions of the Act will commence tomorrow. The passage of the Act follows the nation-wide Marriage Equality postal survey, in which 61.6% of respondents voted that the law should be changed.
The Federal Government has announced that new laws are being introduced into Federal Parliament to ban foreign political donations, as well as those entities attempting to influence Australian politics on behalf of other nations, and will be forced to declare who they are working for.
Yesterday, 6 December 2017, Senator the Honourable Mitch Fifield, Minister for Communications, introduced into the Australian Senate the National Broadcasters Legislation Amendment (Enhanced Transparency) Bill 2017 (the “Bill”). This Bill proposes to amend the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Act 1983 (the “ABC Act”) and the Special Broadcasting Services Act 1991 (the “SBS Act”) with the aim of providing greater transparency in the allocation of Government funding with regards to salaries and allowances paid to the employees of those companies.
The Federal Government has announced that it has directed the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the ACCC) to hold an inquiry into the impact of digital platform services on the state of competition in media and advertising services markets. The announcement came in the form of a joint media release issued by the Treasurer, Senator Scott Morrison and the Minister for the Arts, Senator Mitch Fifield, on Monday 4 December 2017.
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