After reaching a compromise with the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT), the Federal Government has managed to get the Social Services Legislation Amendment (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 (Cth) passed through both houses of Parliament.
The Enhancing Online Safety (Non-consensual Sharing of Intimate Images) Bill 2017 (Cth) (the Bill) has now passed the Senate, with amendments, on 14 February 2018. The Bill aims to implement the Australian Government’s commitment to introducing a civil penalty regime to combat the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.
On Tuesday, 13 February 2018, the Australian Government released the Narcotic Drugs Amendment (Cannabis) Regulations 2018 (Cth) (the “Regulations”). The object of these regulations, as outlined in the explanatory statement accompanying the Regulations (p 1):
On Thursday (8 February 2018) the Labor Hire Licensing Bill 2017 (Vic) (the Bill) passed the Victorian Legislation Assembly and was introduced into the Victorian Legislative Council, bringing Victoria closer to the enactment of labour hire laws similar to those which have already been enacted in Queensland and South Australia. The Bill in broad terms:
The High Court has handed down a decision in security of payments jurisdiction case, finding unanimously that the Supreme Court of New South Wales does not have jurisdiction to make an order in the nature of certiorari to quash a determination made under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999 (NSW) ("the Security of Payment Act") by an adjudicator. Chief Justice Kiefel and Justices Bell, Keane, Nettle and Gordon wrote a joint judgment, with Justice Gageler writing a separate but concurring judgment.
On 14 February 2018, the High Court handed down judgement in the case of Australian Building And Construction Commissioner v Construction, Forestry, Mining And Energy Union  HCA 3. The majority of the Court allowed the appeal, which concerned the issue of whether a judge has power to order that a union not indemnify a union official against a pecuniary penalty (‘a non-indemnification order’), or that a union official not seek or accept an offer of indemnity from the union in respect of a pecuniary penalty imposed on the union official (‘personal payment order’).
On 5 February 2018 the Fair Work Amendment (Improving National Employment Standards) Bill 2018 (CTH) (‘the Bill’) was introduced into the House of Representatives by Greens MP Adam Bandt. The Private Member's Bill aims to provide up to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave for employees.
The introduction of laws improving protections for tenants against the misuse of tenancy blacklists has commenced with the introduction of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill 2018 (No. 43 of 2018) (the Bill) to the NT House of Assembly on 8 February 2018, by the Hon Natasha Fyles.
Having been introduced on 1 June 2017, the Imported Food Control Amendment Bill 2017 (the “Bill”) is now before the Senate. This Bill was introduced as a means of further protecting Australian consumer health by improving the safety system of food imports into Australia. As outlined on page 1 of the explanatory memorandum:
On Wednesday (7 February 2018) the Road Vehicle Standards Bill 2018 (the Bill) was introduced into the House of Representatives by the Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Mr Fletcher. The Bill is part of a package of Bills intended by the Federal Government to replace the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 (Cth) (the MVSA). The Bills aim to implement the government’s previously announced reforms to the regulatory framework for the safety, environmental and anti-theft performance of all road vehicles being provided to the Australian market for the first time – both new and used vehicles. The government says its reforms will deliver "modernised legislation to increase community safety and remove unnecessary processes for businesses."
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