On 15 March 2018, the Evidence (National Uniform Legislation) Amendment (Journalist Privilege) Bill 2017 (Bill No. 37 of 2017) (the "Bill") passed the Northern Territory's Legislative Assembly (the "LA") without amendment and is currently awaiting Assent.
In a recentissued by the Queensland Office of Fair Trading (the OFT), it was announced that action against a Queensland company and its former directors have resulted in nearly $600,000 in fines being imposed after they pleaded guilty to 11 different counts of making false and misleading representations in relation to selling “exclusive” distribution licenses to other businesses.
The NSW Government has notified the Passenger Transport (Opal and Other Fares) Amendment (Approved Payment Devices on Ferry and Light Rail Services) Order 2018 (NSW) (‘the Order’) on 12 March 2018 in order to allow the use of credit cards, smart phones and smartwatches to pay for trips as alternatives to the Opal card.
Today, 14 March 2018, the High Court’s reasons were published for the orders made on 6 February 2018, regarding the case of Re Lambie  HCA 6. These reasons concerned Ms Jacqui Lambie’s seat in the Senate which was vacated in late 2017, after Ms Lambie discovered she was a dual citizen.
In Michael James Irwin v The Queen  HCA 8 (14 March 2018) the High Court has unanimously dismissed an appeal from a decision of the Queensland Court of Appeal that the jury's verdict that the appellant was guilty of one count of unlawfully doing grievous bodily harm was not unreasonable or unsupported by the evidence (see R v Irwin  QCA 2 (3 February 2017)).
The Treasury has asked for public submissions on five proposals that would make changes to the consumer guarantees regime in the Australian Consumer Law (Schedule 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010). The proposals are based on a wide-ranging review of the Australian Consumer Law that was undertaken by Consumer Affairs Australia and New Zealand (“the CAANZ Review”). For more information on the background to the review, and the CAANZ Final Report, see TimeBase’s earlier article.
Last Friday, 9 March 2018, the NSW Government released the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2018 (the “Code”). This Code remakes the Land Management (Native Vegetation) Code 2017 (the “2017 Code”) after the NSW Land and Environment Court declared the 2017 Code to be “invalid and of no effect”.
The NSW Government has introduced a package of four cognate bills relating to regulation of liquor, gaming and clubs industries. The main Bill is the Liquor and Gaming Legislation Amendment Bill 2018 (NSW), and the cognate bills are the Casino Control Amendment Bill 2018 (NSW), Gaming Machines Amendment (Leasing and Assessment) Bill 2018 (NSW), and Registered Clubs Amendment (Accountability and Amalgamations) Bill 2018 (NSW). The bills make a significant number of amendments to a number of pieces of legislation, building on existing measures designed to protect those impacted by gaming-related harm and improve the management of the liquor, gaming and clubs industries.
On 2 March 2018, the Federal Attorney General, Christian Porter, in the company of the National Children's Commissioner, Ms Megan Mitchell (the Commissioner), and the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM, launched the 2017 Children's Rights Report, saying:
New South Wales and Victoria have agreed to join the Commonwealth’s National Redress Scheme, which could see people able to access compensation payments from July this year, for childhood sexual abuse while in the care of institutions. The Federal Parliament is currently considering two bills that would form the legislative basis for the scheme – the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 (Cth) and the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Consequential Amendments) Bill 2017 (Cth). The Bills are also the subject of an inquiry by the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs. For more background on the bills, see TimeBase’s earlier article.
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