On 28 March 2018, the Biosecurity Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 (Cth) (the “Bill”) was introduced into the Federal Parliament’s House of Representatives by the Hon David Littleproud MP.
On 18 April 2018, the High Court released its judgment for the case: Plaintiff M174/2016 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection  HCA 16. In the judgment, the Court unanimously held that, in the case of a “fast-track applicant” under Part 7AA of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) (the “Act”), the Immigration Assessment Authority (the “Authority) is not deprived of the jurisdiction to review a delegate of the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection’s decision where that decision failed to comply with s 57(2) of the Act. The Court also found that the Authority had not acted unreasonably in not getting new information from the plaintiff, and that the delegate had not in fact failed to comply with s 57(2) of the Act.
On 28 March 2018, the Offshore Petroleum and Greenhouse Gas Storage Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill 2018 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) was introduced in the House of Representatives in the Commonwealth Parliament. The Bill is for the purpose of making changes relating to regulatory responsibility for offshore greenhouse gas wells and environmental management, and for clarifying the powers of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA).
Queensland’s new Labour Hire Licensing Regulation 2018 (Qld) (SR 35 of 2018) is now in force, having fully commenced on 16 April 2018.
The Child Protection (Working with Children) Amendment (Statutory Review) Bill 2018 (NSW) (‘the Bill’) passed both houses of the NSW Parliament on 11 April 2018. The Bill aims to strengthen provisions related to working with children. The Bill is currently awaiting assent.
Today, 18 April 2018, the High Court released its judgment unanimously dismissing five appeals from the Supreme Court of NSW: see Burns v Corbett; Burns v Gaynor  HCA 15.
Last week, on 11 April 2018, the NSW Parliament passed the Smoke-free Environment Amendment Bill 2018 (NSW) (the “Bill”). The Bill was introduced into the NSW Legislative Assembly by the Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research, Mr Brad Hazzard on 13 March 2018. The Bill aims to bring the regulation of e-cigarettes in public places in line with those of cigarettes. Regarding the objectives of the Bill, Mr Hazzard stated in his second reading speech to the Assembly:
On March 28, the Turnbull Government introduced the National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Mandatory Comprehensive Credit Reporting) Bill 2018 (Cth) into the House of Representatives. The Bill aims to amend the National Consumer Credit Protection Act 2009 (Cth) to mandate a comprehensive credit reporting regime, which would require large authorised deposit taking institutions (ADIs), to provide credit information on consumer credit accounts to credit reporting bodies from 1 July 2018. The Bill was previously released in the form of an Exposure Draft for public comment – see TimeBase’s earlier article.
In April 2018, the Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters (‘the Committee’) released its report into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 (Cth) (‘the Bill’). The Bill, which is for the purpose of regulating foreign donations to political parties and other organisations, was supported in principle by the committee’s report, subject to the recommendations being adopted. The recommendations focused on ensuring increased transparency for voters during election periods.
On 10 April 2018, Minister for Primary Industries, Minister for Regional Water, and Minister for Trade and Industry, Niall Blair introduced the Farm Debt Mediation Amendment Bill 2018 (NSW) (the "Bill) into the NSW Legislative Council. The object of the Bill is to make amendments to the Farm Debt Mediation Act 1994 (NSW) (the “FDMA”) in response to the Farm Debt Mediation Act 1994 (NSW) Review (the “Review”) which was completed in late 2017. Mr Blair outlined the Bill in his second reading speech on 11 April 2018:
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