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”).
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.
In August 2017 when the Domestic Violence Orders (National Recognition) Bill 2017 (WA) was introduced into the WA Parliament, the Bill was declared "urgent" and the proposed legislation was expected to pass quickly. The Bill did in fact get to second Reading in the Council in the space of just one day, however, at that stage it was referred to the Standing Committee on Uniform Legislation and Statutes Review for scrutiny and the report on the Bill, (Report No. 107 (TP 712)), was tabled in the Council one month later on 10 October 2017.
Today (11 October 2017) the High Court of Australia handed down a judgement in the case of Director of Public Prosecutions v Charlie Dalgliesh (A Pseudonym)  HCA 41. The issue on appeal was whether the Court of Appeal was correct to determine that the sentence given was within the range indicated by current sentencing practices and so to dismiss an appeal, even though the Court also concluded that the range was so low that it "reveals error in principle". The High Court unanimously allowed the appeal, saying that the range established by current sentencing practices should not have been treated as decisive.
The Tow Truck and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (Qld) (the Bill) was introduced into the Parliament in August 2017 and then referred, under Standing Order 131, to the Public Works and Utilities Committee (the Committee) for detailed consideration. The committee has reported, as required, by 5 October 2017, recommending generally the the Bill should be passed.
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