The My Health Records Amendment (Strengthening Privacy) Bill 2018 (CTH) (‘the Bill’) was first introduced on 22 August 2018. The Bill amends the My Health Records Act 2012 (CTH) (‘the Act’) in regards to its disclosure and privacy provisions. The Bill was discussed in a previous. This article will focus on the Committee Report (‘the Report’) tabled on 12 October 2018 by the Senate Community Affairs Legislation Committee (‘the Committee’) and the amendments that are to be introduced in response to the Report.
The Federal Government has introduced the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) on 25 October 2018. This Bill aims to make changes to the character test for prospective migrants to Australia for the purpose of ensuring increased safety to Australian citizens.
The Queensland Government introduced the Human Rights Bill 2018 (QLD) (‘the Bill’) on 31 October 2018. This Bill proposes to establish guidelines to protect and promote human rights. In doing so, the Bill proposes to build a culture and create a dialogue about human rights in the Queensland public sector.
The Discrimination Amendment Bill 2018 (ACT) (the “Bill”) was introduced to the ACT Parliament’s House of Assembly on 1 November 2018, by Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, Shane Rattenbury, and Minister for Social Inclusion and Equality, Andrew Barr.
In Richard John McPhillamy v The Queen  HCA 52 (8 November 2018), the High Court of Australia has delivered its reasons for orders it made on 9 August 2018, allowing an appeal from the Court of Criminal Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW, quashing the appellant's convictions and directing a new trial (see McPhillamy v R  NSWCCA 130 (14 June 2017)).
The Office of National Intelligence Bill 2018 (CTH) (the ‘ONI Bill’) and the Office of National Intelligence (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018 (CTH) (the ‘Transitional Bill’) were introduced to the Commonwealth Parliament as a response to recommendations in the 2017 Independent Intelligence Review (the ‘Review’). Both the ONI Bill and Transitional Bill were referred to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (the ‘Committee’) on 28 June 2018. The Advisory Report on the Office of National Intelligence Bill 2018 and the Office of National Intelligence (Consequential and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2018 (the ‘Report’) was tabled on 24 October 2018.
On 18 October 2018 the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2018 (Cth) (the “Bill”) was introduced to Federal Parliament’s House of Representatives by Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Families and Social Services, on behalf of Communications Minister Senator Mitch Fifield, with the Bill proposing amendments to the Copyright Act 1968 (Cth).
On Wednesday 17 October 2018, the Western Australian Minister for Commerce and Industrial Relations, Mr Bill Johnston (the Minister), introduced the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Amendment Bill 2018 (WA) (the Bill) into Parliament. The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Residential Parks (Long-stay Tenants) Act 2006 (32 of 2006) [WA] (the Act) in order to implement the recommendations of a statutory review undertaken in accordance with section 96 of the Act which provides for a review of the operation of the Act to be carried out by the Minister as soon as practicable after the end of the period of a five years beginning on the commencement of the Act. The Bill is seeking to implement recommendations aimed at improving certainty of contract and fair dealings between long stay parties and the owners of residential parks. The Bill also proposes amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act 1987 (WA) (the RTA).
The Mental Health Amendment Bill 2018 (the “Bill”) was introduced to Tasmania’s House of Assembly on 27 September 2018, by the Hon Elise Archer (Attorney-General, Minister for Justice, Corrections, Environment, and the Arts). The object of the Bill will to be amend the Mental Health Act 2013 (Tas) (the “Act”) to remove the requirement for the Mental Health Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) to conduct a mandatory review of a treatment order where a patient has complied with the treatment order and the decision to admit the patient is a clinical one to prevent possible harm.
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (‘the TPP-11’) is an international free trade agreement signed by 11 countries on 8 March 2018. The signatories are Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.
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