Yesterday (19 October 2017), Treasurer Scott Morrison introduced the Treasury Laws Amendment (Banking Measures No. 1) Bill 2017 (Cth) (“the Bill”). The Bill contains a number of reforms to the banking industry, and is a combination of three bills that were previously released in draft form for public comment and submissions. The Bill contains amendments to strengthen APRAs ability to respond to developments in non-ADI lending, reduce barriers to new entrants to the banking sector, inserts an objects provision into the Banking Act 1959 (Cth) (“the Banking Act”) and introduces a number of reforms to improve consumer outcomes under credit card contracts.
The Tasmanian Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management, the Honourable Marinus Theodoor Hidding, has introduced the Sentencing Amendment (Assaults on Off-duty Police) Bill 2017 (the Bill) into the Tasmanian House of Assembly on 17 October 2017. The Bill is currently at first reading stage in the House of Assembly.
On 16 August 2017, the Federal Government introduced the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Amendment (Ensuring Integrity) Bill 2017 (Cth) (the Bill) into the House of Representatives. The Bill was referred to a Senate Committee inquiry on 17 August 2017 and that Committee reported on 12 October 2017. The Bill went through its second reading and passed through the House of Representatives on 16 October 2017 and was introduced into the Senate on 17 October 2017. The key purpose of the Bill is to amend the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Cth) (the Registered Organisations Act) to respond to the recommendations made by the Heydon Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.
Yesterday, 18 October 2017, the High Court of Australia published reasons for its judgment made on 17 August 2017 in the case of Koani v The Queen  HCA 42. This case was an appeal of a decision of the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Queensland (“Court of Appeal”) on 11 November 2016, in which Christopher Charles Koani was convicted of murder under s 302(1)(a) of the Criminal Code (Qld) (“the Code”).
Today (18 October 2017) the High Court of Australia has decided in favour of an appellant who claimed the Nauruan Refugee Status Review Tribunal had failed to accord him procedural fairness. Justice Keane, Justice Nettle and Justice Edelman handed down a unanimous decision to allow the appeal from the Supreme Court of Nauru, and their Honours have ordered that the decision of the Tribunal be quashed and the matter be remitted for reconsideration.
Today (18 October 2017) the High Court handed down its judgement in the case of Brown & Anor v The State of Tasmania  HCA 43. The issue in this appeal was whether the Workplaces (Protection from Protesters) Act 2014 (Tas) (‘the Act’) contravened the implied freedom of political communication in the Constitution.
In the recent case of Nicolaou v Architectural Project Specialists  FWC 5224 (13 October 2017), the Fair Work Commission (the FWC) held that an employee (Jason Nicolaou, the applicant) had been unfairly dismissed on 19 May 2017 as a result of his failure to show up on a job site.
The NSW Government has assented to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Amendment (Sydney Drinking Water Catchment) Act 2017 (NSW) (‘the Act’) on 13 October 2017. The Act will amend the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW) (‘the amended Act’) in order to make changes to the water quality test for extensions to developments.
On Monday, 16 October 2017, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) released the preliminary report to the Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry. This report is the first stage in “an inquiry into the retail supply of electricity and the competitiveness of retail electricity markets in the National Electricity Market” (the Inquiry); presented to the ACCC by the Treasurer of the Australian Government, the Hon Scott Morrison MP on 27 March 2017.
On Thursday 11 October 2017 the Minister for Agriculture and Food in WA, the Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC, introduced the Animal Welfare Amendment Bill 2017 (WA) (the Bill) into the Legislative Council. The Bill makes amendments to the Animal Welfare Act 2002 (WA) (the AW Act) enabling WA to legally enforce national welfare standards for livestock so bringing WA in line with the rest of the country, excluding the ACT.
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