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Migration Amendment (Validation of Decisions) Bill 2017 (Cth)

Friday 23 June 2017 @ 11.34 a.m. | Immigration

Amidst the current High Court challenge to section 503A of the Migration Act 1958, the Federal Government has introduced the Migration Amendment (Validation of Decisions) Bill 2017 into Parliament with the intended effect of preserving existing section 501 character decisions, made relying on information provided by gazetted law enforcement and intelligence agencies. As it currently stands, information of this nature is protected from disclosure to Courts and Tribunals under section 503A.

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ACCC v Acquire Learning & Careers Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 602: Acquire Learning Fined for Engaging in Unconscionable Conduct

Friday 23 June 2017 @ 9.29 a.m. | Legal Research | Trade & Commerce

In the case of ACCC v Acquire Learning & Careers Pty Ltd [2017] FCA 602 (30 May 2017), the Federal Court has ordered Acquire Learning & Careers Pty Ltd (Acquire) to pay penalties of $4.5 million for engaging in unconscionable conduct, making false or misleading representations and breaching the unsolicited consumer agreements provisions in the Australian Consumer Law (the ACL – which is contained in Sch 2 to the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (Cth)).

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NSW Bill Increasing Police Powers In Terror Situations Rushed Through Parliament

Thursday 22 June 2017 @ 11.56 a.m. | Crime | Legal Research

The Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Police Powers and Parole) Bill 2017, which was introduced into the Legislative Assembly by Premier Gladys Berejiklian on 21 June 2017, has been passed through both houses of Parliament in the space of one day’s sitting.  The Bill allows the Commissioner of Police to make a declaration that an incident to which police officers are responding is or is likely to be a terrorist act.  The police will then be able to take pre-emptive action against terrorists.  The Bill also makes some changes to the grant of parole for people deemed to be "terrorism related offenders"

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Fair Work Ombudsman v Gaura Nitai Pty Ltd & Anor [2017] FCCA 1242: Former Coffee Club Franchisee Penalised over Exploitative Cashback Scheme

Thursday 22 June 2017 @ 10.45 a.m. | Industrial Law | Legal Research

In the case of Fair Work Ombudsman v Gaura Nitai Pty Ltd & Anor [2017] FCCA 1242 (13 June 2017), the Fair Work Ombudsman (the Ombudsman) has announced that it has recently secured more than $180,000 in penalties against a former Coffee Club café franchisee in Brisbane for contraventions including requiring an overseas worker on a 457 Skilled Worker Visa to pay back $18,000 of his wages through an unlawful cash-back payment.

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The Queen v Dickman [2017] HCA 24: Probative Value of Identification Evidence

Wednesday 21 June 2017 @ 1.02 p.m. | Crime

Today (21 June 2017), the High Court has unanimously allowed an appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of Victoria in the case of The Queen v Dickman [2017] HCA 24.

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