NSW Releases Draft Residential Tenancies Regulation With Disclosure, Smoke Alarm Changes

Tuesday 16 July 2019 @ 12.16 p.m. | Legal Research | Trade & Commerce

On 5 July 2019, the draft Residential Tenancies Regulation 2019 (NSW) (‘the draft Regulation’) and corresponding regulatory impact statement was released for public consultation. The current Residential Tenancies Regulation 2010 (NSW) (‘the 2010 Regulation’) will automatically be repealed as part of the staged repeal program under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1989 (NSW) on 1 September 2019. The draft Regulation will remake the 2010 Regulation and also include various reforms to enable provisions of the Residential Tenancies Amendment (Review) Act 2018 (NSW) (‘the Amendment Act’) to take effect.

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CTH Bill To Introduce Counter-Terrorism Temporary Exclusion Order Scheme For Australians Overseas

Friday 12 July 2019 @ 2.16 p.m. | Crime | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

On 22 November 2018, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and the Minister for Home Affairs, the Hon Peter Dutton MP, announced that a new temporary exclusion order regime would be introduced to “enable authorities to delay, and then monitor and control” the return and re-entry of Australian foreign fighters into the community.

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NSW Consults On Possible Start Date For Off-the-Plan Conveyancing Reform Act and Draft Regulations

Friday 12 July 2019 @ 12.03 p.m. | Legal Research

On 26 June 2019, the NSW Government released a draft Conveyancing (Sale of Land) Amendment Regulation 2019 (NSW) ('the draft Regulation'), along with a discussion paper, for public consultation. The draft Regulation is designed to make further provisions regarding off the plan residential property contracts, as a result of the amendments set to be introduced by the Conveyancing Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (NSW).

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SA Introduces Bill To Amend Retail and Commercial Lease Legislation In Response To Moss Review

Thursday 11 July 2019 @ 1.18 p.m. | Corporate & Regulatory | Trade & Commerce

The Retail and Commercial Leases (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2019 (SA)(the Bill) was introduced into the SA Parliament on 3 July 2019 by the SA Attorney-General, the Honorable V A Chapman (the Attorney-General). The Bill seeks to amend the Retail and Commercial Leases Act 1995 (SA) (the Act), and to make related amendments to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1936 (SA) (the LT Act), in order to make processes under both Acts less ambiguous, and improve the transparency of the legislation, consistent with industry expectations. 

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NSW Releases Public Consultation Draft of the Fair Trading Regulation 2019

Tuesday 9 July 2019 @ 10.34 a.m. | Corporate & Regulatory | Legal Research

On 1 July 2019, the draft Fair Trading Regulation 2019 (NSW) (‘the draft Regulation’) and corresponding regulatory impact statement was released for public consultation. The draft Regulation will be supporting the administration and enforcement of the Fair Trading Act 1987 (NSW) (‘the Act’).

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WA Parliament Introduces Bill To Create New Appeal Pathway

Friday 5 July 2019 @ 2.17 p.m. | Crime | Legal Research

The Criminal Appeals Amendment Bill 2019 (the “Bill”) was introduced to the Legislative Assembly of WA (the “Assembly”) on 20 February 2019 by Attorney-General, the Hon John Quigley.  The Bill passed the  Assembly on 25 June 2019 and was introduced to the Legislative Council (the "Council") on 27 June 2019. It proposes to amend the following pieces of WA legislation:

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WA Introduces Bill To Treat Serious Violent Offenders In The Same Way As Dangerous Sexual Offenders

Friday 5 July 2019 @ 12.42 p.m. | Crime | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

On 26 June 2019, the WA Attorney General, the Hon John Quigley LLB JP MLA (the Attorney General) introduced into the WA Parliament the High Risk Offenders Bill 2019 (the Bill).  The Bill was broadly described by the Attorney General as legislation seeking to deal with serious violent offenders in the same way as dangerous sexual offenders are dealt with, while also establishing a new High Risk (Sexual and Violent) Offenders Board. In his second reading speech, the Attorney General said:

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WA Bill To Introduce New Representative Proceedings Scheme

Tuesday 2 July 2019 @ 11.59 a.m. | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

On 26 June 2019, the Attorney-General of Western Australia, John Quigley, introduced the Civil Procedure (Representative Proceedings) Bill 2019 (WA) (‘the Bill’) to the Legislative Assembly. The Bill was introduced following the recommendations of the Representative Proceedings: Project 103 – Final Report (‘the Report’), tabled by the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia (‘the Commission’) on 21 October 2015.

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WA Introduces Bill To Resolve Uncertain Date Issues For Child Sexual Abuse Convictions

Thursday 27 June 2019 @ 2.54 p.m. | Crime | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

On Thursday 20 June 2019, the WA Attorney General, the Hon. John Quigley (the Attorney General), introduced the Criminal Law Amendment (Uncertain Dates) Bill 2019 (the Bill) into the WA Parliament. According to the Attorney General's Media Release, the Bill seeks to "improve the administration of justice for victims of child sexual abuse and ensure perpetrators are held to account".

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Bill To Allow Gender Change On Birth Certificates Without Surgery Introduced in Victoria

Wednesday 26 June 2019 @ 3.03 p.m. | Judiciary, Legal Profession & Procedure | Legal Research

On 18 June 2019, the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Amendment Bill 2019 (the “Bill”) was introduced to Victoria’s Legislative Assembly by Attorney-General and Minister for Workplace Safety, the Hon Jill Hennessy MP. The Bill is currently being considered by the Assembly.

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