On 14 August 2019, the Minister for Child Protection, Mr Luke Donellan, introduced the Children Legislation Amendment Bill 2019 (VIC) (‘the Bill’) to the Victorian Legislative Assembly. If passed, the Bill will enact various amendments across multiple acts, with the objective of strengthening and improving various protections around Victorian children.
On Wednesday 7 August 2019, the WA Minister for Health Roger Cook introduced the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 (the Bill) into the WA Parliament. The broad purposes of the Bill are:
On 31 July 2019, the Magistrates Court (Criminal and General Division) Bill 2019 (Tas) (the “Bill”) was introduced to Tasmania’s House of Assembly (the “Assembly”) by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Elise Archer, with the Bill currently before the Assembly.
On 1 August 2019, the NSW Government released the draft Tow Truck Industry Regulation 2019 (NSW) (‘the draft Regulation’) along with its regulatory impact statement, for public consultation. The draft Regulation is proposed by the Hon Kevin Anderson MP, Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation.
The final report of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ("the ACCC") in what is known as the "Digital Platforms Inquiry", was released on 26 July 2019. The ACCC’s long-awaited report is some 600 pages long and makes a large number of recommendations covering the practices of the media, advertising, journalism and marketing.
On July 26, the Federal Government released a draft version of the Currency (Restrictions on the Use of Cash) Bill 2019 (Cth) (the “Draft Bill”) and accompanying draft Explanatory Material (the “Draft EM”) for public comment and consultation, with submissions closing on 12 August 2019.
On 1 August 2019, Mr Alex Greenwich introduced the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019 (NSW) (‘the Bill’) as a private member’s bill to the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. Mr Greenwich is an independent member for Sydney, but the Bill is co-sponsored by a large number of other members of Parliament. The other co-sponsors of the Bill are Shelley Hancock (Minister for Local Government), Brad Hazzard (Minister for Health and Medical Research) and Felicity Wilson of the Liberal Party; Trish Doyle, Ryan Park, Penny Sharpe (Deputy Leader of the Opposition), Jo Haylen and Jenny Aitchison of the Labor Party; Jenny Leong and Abigail Boyd of the Greens; Leslie Williams and Trevor Khan of the Nationals; Emma Hurts of the Animal Justice Party; and independent member Greg Piper.
The Treasury Laws Amendment (Consumer Data Right) Bill 2019 (Cth) (the “Bill”) is currently awaiting assent. The Bill passed the House of Representatives on 30 July 2019 and passed the Senate on 1 August 2019. The Bill was introduced into the House of Representatives by the Treasurer, the Hon Josh Frydenberg and proposes to amend the following Commonwealth legislation:
In a media release on 23 July 2019, the Attorney-General, Christian Porter (the Attorney-General) announced that the Government had tabled in Parliament the Statutory Review of the amalgamated Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The review was undertaken as a statutory requirement under section 4 of the Tribunals Amalgamation Act 2015 (Cth) (the TA Act) and was conducted by the former High Court Justice, the Honorable Ian Callinan AC.
The Future Drought Fund Bill 2019 (CTH) (‘the Bill’) and the Future Drought Fund (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2019 (CTH) (‘the Amendment Bill’) were introduced to the Commonwealth House of Representatives on 22 July 2019 by the Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management, David Littleproud. The bills passed both houses of Parliament on 24 July 2019 and are currently awaiting assent.
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