The Ageing and Disability Commissioner Bill 2019 (the “Bill”) was introduced to the NSW Parliament’s Legislative Assembly on 8 May 2019, by Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, the Hon Gareth Ward. The object of the legislation is to establish a new position of Ageing and Disability Commissioner. The Bill is currently before the Legislative Assembly and is proposed to amend the following NSW Acts:
In Gary Douglas Spence v State of Queensland  HCA 15 (‘the Case’), the High Court of Australia considered the validity and operation of Commonwealth and Queensland laws that regulate the gifts made to political parties. On 17 April, the High Court held that the Queensland laws were valid and that a provision of the Commonwealth law was invalid. The Court published the reasons for this judgment on 15 May 2019.
In Rudy Frugtniet v Australian Securities and Investments Commission  HCA 16 (15 May 2019) the High Court of Australia has, in a unanimous decision, allowed an appeal from a decision of the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia [see Frugtniet v Australian Securities and Investments Commission  FCAFC 162 (12 October 2017)]. The High Court held that the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ("the Tribunal"), on review of a decision by a delegate of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission ("ASIC") to impose a banning order on the appellant, was prohibited from taking into consideration a spent conviction, within the meaning of Part VIIC of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) (the Crimes Act). This was because ASIC had initially been prohibited from taking a spent conviction into account in making its decision to impose the banning order.
On 19 February 2019, the Open Courts and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2019 (VIC) (‘the Bill’) was reintroduced to the Victorian Legislative Assembly by Attorney-General, Jill Hennessy. The Bill was previously introduced on 7 August 2018 as the Open Courts and Other Acts Amendment Bill 2018 (VIC), but lapsed due to the expiration of the 58th Parliament.
On 2 May 2019, the Biosecurity Bill 2019 (No 15 of 2019) (the “Bill”) was introduced to Tasmania’s House of Assembly (the “Assembly”) by the Hon Guy Barnett (Minister for Primary Industries and Water). The new Bill proposes to consolidate a number of current biosecurity laws. The Bill is currently before the Assembly where it is awaiting further discussion.
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