Minister for Justice Michael Keenan has announced that the Federal Government is proposing to introduce legislation for businesses to report annually on steps they have taken to address modern slavery within their supply chains. The Federal Government has released a discussion paper outlining their proposed legislative model and it will be open for public comment until 20 October 2017. The discussion paper says that the Minister for Justice hopes to review this feedback before bringing forward the draft legislation in the first half of 2018.
Last Thursday (17 August 2017) the Northern Territory Government passed the Alcohol Harm Reduction Bill 2017 which brings back the "Banned Drinker Register" (the BDR) a measure the NT Attorney General said: "is the government delivering on a key election commitment to Territorians to reduce alcohol related harm and make our community safer". The proposed legislation also repeals the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment Act and the Alcohol Protection Orders Act two pieces of legislation enacted under the former CLP Government which had been criticised as being “discriminatory” alcohol related laws and said, by human rights groups, to unfairly target Indigenous people.
Yesterday (17 August 2017), the High Court published reasons for dismissing an appeal on 4 May 2017 from a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia in the case of Ramsay Health Care Australia Pty Ltd v Compton  HCA 28. A majority of the High Court held that where a creditor’s petition is based upon a judgment debt resulting from a contested hearing, yet there are substantial reasons for questioning whether behind that judgment there was in truth and reality a debt due to the petitioner, the Bankruptcy Court has a discretion to “go behind” the judgment to investigate whether the debt relied upon is truly owing.
The High Court has handed down its decision in Transport Accident Commission v Katanas  HCA 32. The High Court dismissed an appeal from the Transport Accident Commission concerning the narrative test of serious injury under section 93(17) of the Transport Accident Act 1986 (VIC).
In the recent case of ACCC v We Buy Houses Pty Ltd  FCA 915 (11 August 2017), the Federal Court has found that We Buy Houses Pty Ltd (We Buy Houses) and its sole director, Mr Otton, made false or misleading representations in promoting a number of wealth creation strategies involving real estate.
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