Following the release of the exposure draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2018 (CTH) (‘the Bill’), IP Australia has released the exposure draft of the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Regulations 2018 (CTH) (‘the Regulations’) for public comment.
On 5 September 2018, the South Australian Attorney-General (the Hon VA Chapman) introduced the Summary Offences (Liquor Offences) Amendment Bill 2018 (the Bill) into the SA Parliament. A version of the Bill that was introduced by the former Government lapsed before the last election - (the Summary Offences (Liquor Offences) Amendment Bill 2017). The former Bill had broader powers for the search of vehicles in specific areas which are not included in the current Bill.
On 21 November 2018, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced that they would be commencing an inquiry into the supply of electricity in the National Electricity Market. A discussion paper has been released for consultation as to how this inquiry will be undertaken.
The National Integrity Commission Bill 2018 (Cth) (the “Bill”) was introduced to the House of Representatives on 26 November 2018, by Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan MP.
The exposure draft for the Intellectual Property Laws Amendment (Productivity Commission Response Part 2 and Other Measures) Bill 2018 (CTH) (‘the Bill’) was released for public consultation from 23 July to 31 August 2018. The Bill is yet to be introduced to Parliament.
In the recent judgment of Comptroller General of Customs v Zappia  HCA 54 (14 November 2018), the High Court unanimously allowed an appeal from a judgment of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia, which set aside a decision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ("the AAT").
On 18 October 2018 the WA Attorney General, Mr J.R. Quigley, introduced the Sentence Administration Amendment (Multiple Murderers) Bill 2018 (the Bill) into the Legislative Assembly. The Bill aims to establish a scheme of Ministerial directions by which a Minister may direct that a "designated prisoner', who is a convicted "mass murderer or serial killer", must not be considered for any parole or re-socialisation programmes. The WA Government sees the Bill as delivering on a key election commitment to help limit trauma to the survivors of crime as well as the family and friends of murder victims.
On 13 November 2018, the Queensland Government introduced the Justice Legislation (Links to Terrorist Activity) Amendment Bill 2018 (QLD) (‘the Bill’). This Bill is for the purpose of implementing the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) commitment on terrorism by making amendments to the statutory presumption in favour of bail.
On 28 August 2018, the Australian Crime Commission Legislation (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018 (“the Bill”) was introduced to Tasmania Parliament’s House of Assembly ("the Assembly") by the Hon Michael Ferguson.
In Tony Strickland (a Pseudonym) v Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions & Ors; Donald Galloway (a Pseudonym) v Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions & Ors; Edmund Hodges (a Pseudonym) v Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions & Ors; Rick Tucker (a Pseudonym) v Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions & Ors  HCA 53 the majority of the High Court ordered a permanent stay against the prosecutions of the Appellants due to forensic disadvantage.
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