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.
In Julian Knight v The State of Victoria & Anor  HCA 29 (17 August 2017) the High Court of Australia has in a unanimous decision held, answering a question posed in a special case, that section 74AA of the Corrections Act 1986 (Vic) (the Corrections Act) is not invalid on the ground that it is contrary to Chapter III of the Commonwealth Constitution.
On 10 August 2017, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) announced two new reviews into Federal police powers related to counter-terrorism - specifically, a review into police stop, search and seizure powers, control order regime and preventative detention order regime; and a review of the 'declared area' provisions.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse ('the Commission') has released its report on 14 August 2017, titled ‘ ’. The report includes 85 recommendations aimed at improving the response of the criminal justice system to address victims of institutional child sexual abuse. .
Earlier this month on 8 August 2017, the Victorian government introduced new legislation to allow police immunity from prosecution for inadvertent private conversations captured by body-worn cameras. The Justice Legislation Amendment (Body-worn Cameras and Other Matters) Bill 2017 (Vic) (‘the Bill’) seeks to amend the Surveillance Devices Act 1999 (Vic) and the Judicial Proceedings Reports Act 1958 (Vic).
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