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On 17 September 2020, the Worker Screening Bill 2020 (Vic) (“the Bill”) was introduced into the Legislative Assembly by Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy. The Bill has yet to pass the Legislative Assembly.
On 3 September, the Fair Work Amendment (Improving Unpaid Parental Leave for Parents of Stillborn Babies and Other Measures) Bill 2020 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) was introduced to the House of Representatives.
The Tasmanian Civil and Administrative Tribunal Bill 2020 (Tas) (the “Bill”) was introduced to Tasmania’s House of Assembly on 19 August 2020, by Minister for Justice, Elise Archer. The Bill passed the Assembly on 27 August 2020, was introduced to the Legislative Council on 15 September 2020 and is currently before the Council.
The Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Amendment Bill 2020 (TAS) (the Bill) was introduced into the Tasmanian Parliament on 25 August 2020 by Minister for Justice, the Hon Elise Nicole Archer (the Minister). It reached first reading stage in the Legislative Council on 15 September 2020. The Bill makes amendments to the Evidence (Children and Special Witnesses) Act 2001 (TAS), the Criminal Code Act 1924 (TAS) and the Legal Aid Commission Act 1990 (TAS) for the purpose of establishing a legislative framework for the use of intermediaries in Tasmanian courts.
On 16 July 2020, the Public Service and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (Qld) (“the Bill”) was introduced to the Queensland Legislative Assembly by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. The Bill was passed with amendments on 9 September 2020. On 14 September 2020, the Bill received royal assent as the Public Service and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (Qld) (“the Act”), and commenced on the date of assent.
The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2020 (Cth) (the “Bill”) was introduced to Federal Parliament’s House of Representatives on 3 September 2020 by Christian Porter (Attorney-General). The Bill is currently before the House of Representatives.
On 27 August 2020, the Radiocommunications Legislation Amendment (Reform and Modernisation) Bill 2020 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) was introduced to the House of Representatives. According to the Minister’s Second Reading Speech:
The Crimes Legislation Amendment (Economic Disruption) Bill 2020 (Cth) was introduced into the House of Representatives on 2 September 2020 by Mr Tehan, Minister for Education, on behalf of Mr Dutton, Minister for Home Affairs (the Minister). According to the second reading speech, the Bill is "a significant step forward in the Morrison government's fight against transnational, serious and organised crime [TSOC] groups".
On 11 September 2019, the Senate established a Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology (“the Committee”). The Committee was to inquire and report on a number of matters in the financial technology ("FinTech") and regulatory technology ("RegTech") industries in Australia. In particular, the Committee was to consider the businesses within these industries, and to ensure competition and productivity within the industry to improve on customer experience, creation of jobs, and the ability for Australian businesses to participate in global opportunities.
The Corrections Amendment (Electronic Monitoring) Bill 2020 (Tas) (the “Bill”) was introduced to Tasmania’s House of Assembly on 29 July 2020, by Minister for Corrections, Elise Archer. According to the explanatory memorandum, the Bill proposes amendments to the Corrections Act 1997 (the “Act”) to “provide express powers for the Parole Board to impose electronic monitoring conditions on a parole order”.
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